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More Sidewalk Improvements Scheduled for Park View

May 9, 2016
This crosswalk at Princeton and Park Place is among those that will be replaced in the near future.

This crosswalk at Princeton and Park Place is among those that will be replaced in the near future.

If you live in or walk through the northern section of Park View, you’re about to see some significant improvements in the area’s sidewalks. The list below are the blocks involved along with the projected start date.

  • Princeton Place from Warder to Park Place — May 16, 2016
  • Warder Street from Quebec Street to Rock Creek Church Road — May 23, 2016
  • Park Place from Otis Place to Newton Place — May 23, 2016
  • Park Road from Warder to Park Place — May 23, 2016

Sidewalk improvements on these blocks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Upgrading of curb ramps and sidewalks through repair and/or replacement;
  • Correcting drainage issues;
  • Performing repair work at intersections as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Program; and,
  • Installation of porous Flexible Paving (Flexi-Pave) in selected area.

During the project, DDOT will maintain traffic and access to streets, but there may be restricted parking during construction hours. “No Parking” signs are to be posted seventy-two (72) hours prior to construction in areas where parking will be impacted.  All work will be conducted between 7:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Many of the sidewalk issues that will be repaired were identified during the 2014 Age-Friendly DC Block-by-Block walk.

The map below shows the blocks where sidewalk work will occur.

2016 sidewalk repairs(Red lines indicate where DDOT’s next wave of sidewalk work will occur.)

New Hampshire Sidewalk Replacement Progressing Well

February 5, 2016

The repair of the sidewalk on the southeast side of New Hampshire Avenue from Georgia to Princeton is moving along. Work began at the beginning of February and much progress has been made this week. After I alerted officials a year ago about a serious rat infestation under the sidewalk, and advocated for its repair, I introduced a resolution in January 2016 that was supported by ANC1A requesting DDOT take action.

The repairs were originally scheduled to begin at the end of January, but were delayed due to the blizzard. In addition to the pavers, DDOT has undertaken the replacement of nearly all of the sidewalk along the block as well.

Below are photos taken at various times this week showing progress.





Sidewalk Pavers by Georgia Avenue CVS Getting Repaired Soon

January 20, 2016

New Hampshire Avenue(Sidewalk along the New Hampshire Avenue side of the Georgia Avenue CVS.)

I’m happy to report that DDOT is planning to repair the sidewalk pavers along New Hampshire Avenue to the southwest of Georgia Avenue. Work may begin as early as next week depending upon the winter weather and snow in the forecast.

I first noticed that the sinking pavers were caused by a rat infestation in January 2015. At that time, the Department of Health began a rat abatement program. By July 2015, I’d alerted DDOT but received no response. This was followed by an exchange with DDOT on January 6th, followed up by an ANC 1A resolution on January 13, 2016, requesting immediate attention. These efforts all helped set the current priority to restore this section of sidewalk.

Otis Place Will Get 8 New Trees This Planting Season

September 22, 2015
Area on Otis Place where trees will be planted.

Area on Otis Place where trees will be planted.

I’m happy to report that the south side of Otis Place next to the school will get eight new trees this year. If you walk down the street, look for the orange dots on the curb which indicate where the trees will be planted. I don’t know what species of trees will be planted yet, though the DDOT arborist did meet with the school to discuss this topic at the end of last week.

The ability to start planting trees on this section of Otis Place was a result of an on site meeting I had with DDOT at the end of June and advocated for moving the sidewalk away from the street to create a new tree box. I’m hopeful that I can collaborate with DDOT in the next fiscal year to do the same on the north side of Otis Place.

Overall, Park View will not be getting many new trees in the 2015/2016 planting season as nearly all of our tree boxes are full. In order to tree up our treeless areas, we need to either find solutions such as the one on Otis Place, or make trees available for private yards such as the ones on Luray, Manor, Warder, and Park Road.

Below is the map showing the new trees on Otis Place with other nearby plantings in the coming season.

Tree planting map school 2015(Map showing where new trees will be planting in the 2015/2016 season).

New Sidewalks AND TREES for Otis Place

August 6, 2015

At the end of June and beginning of July, I noticed that new sidewalks were going in on the section of Otis Place between Warder and Georgia Avenue. I also realized that this was one of the prime locations where there was an opportunity to add trees to the neighborhood … and that DDOT was missing it. I immediately contacted DDOT, and with the help of the Mayor’s office was able to meet with DDOT’s Deputy Director Greer Gillis and other DDOT folks on site to discuss the issue.

Commissioner Boese surveying sidewalks with DDOT Deputy Director Greer Gillis.

Commissioner Boese surveying sidewalks with DDOT Deputy Director Greer Gillis.

During the meeting we looked for ways to incorporate trees as part of the sidewalk work. The area in question is the section between the elementary school and the recreation center. DDOT’s original scope of work was to replace the old sidewalks with new concrete exactly in the same footprint. However, in working with DDOT and visiting the site, we identified that we could add trees to this section simply by pushing the sidewalks away from the streets and pulling the existing green areas away from the buildings.

In visiting the work site on August 4th, I was happy to see that work has already begun to rearrange the sidewalk and green spaces to make room for trees this fall.

Sidewalks at school(Section of sidewalk on the south side of Otis Place next to the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School on August 5th. The new sidewalk will be located along the brick wall and eventually trees will be located along the street.)

Rather than leave such easy enhancements to chance, or to engaged residents, I’m working to bring more community oversight to sidewalk projects. To this end I’ve also introduced a resolution seeking Council support for notification when DDOT commences sidewalk work. Upon receiving a copy of the resolution, Councilmember Mary Cheh responded positively, writing:

You make an excellent point. I’m copying Leif Dormsjo, DDOT Director so he can have appropriate personnel take up your idea.

Large improvement projects, such as sidewalk replacements, can have a tremendous impact on residents’ quality of life. Because of this I feel it is critical that residents have the opportunity to review them and work with DDOT to identify opportunities to improve their neighborhoods when such opportunities exist.

Sidewalks on Rock Creek Church Rd to be Restored

June 12, 2015
Flaking sidewalk on 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road.

Flaking sidewalk on 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road.

According to signs posted on the south side of the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road yesterday, parking along that side of the block will not be permitted from June 13 through June 27 (except Sundays) to allow for a sidewalk restoration project.

The sidewalks on this block were last restored in June 2010 along with street repaving. Yet, many of the sidewalks restored during that time have begun to flake, a problem DDOT has been working to correct as reported earlier.

IMG_8830[1](Emergency No Parking Signs on the 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road, NW)

D.C.’s Flaking Sidewalks, and How DDOT is Working to Fix Them

March 31, 2015

scaling sidewalk(Flaking sidewalk on the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road, NW.)

Each spring, I’ve noticed that the sidewalks that have been replaced in the last couple of years are in a state of disrepair. Large sections of them show flaking and crumbling. Knowing that we are scheduled to get some new sidewalks in the neighborhood this year, I asked DDOT for more information on the scaling issue and if our new sidewalks would continue to deteriorate.

I was impressed with the thoroughness of DDOT’s response, and that they have a plan for correcting the problem. What follows is DDOT’s response:

The District maintains over 1,600 centerline miles of roadway. Many of these roadways have sidewalks on both sides. We noticed that some sidewalks in the district had shown flaking and delamination. This sidewalk concrete issue is not restricted to the District and is in fact regional.

Literature review indicates the factors known to aggravate scaling in a cyclic freezing and thawing environment are:

  • (a) improper construction practices (improper finishing and inadequate curing);
  • (b) exposure to corrosive salts (such as magnesium or ammonium);
  • (c) exposure to sodium or calcium chloride salts at an early age prior to maturity; and
  • (d) exposure of an inherently poor quality and/or poorly constructed concrete to deicing salts.

Following the extensive sidewalk damage on DDOT’s Riggs Road, NE project, we took two approaches to the problem:

  • (a) To protect the flaked sidewalk concrete from further damage, we applied a product to seal and resurface segments of the sidewalk and to monitor it overtime to evaluate the performance; and
  • (b) Took concrete cores and performed petrographic analysis.

The resurfacing with the product to seal and resurface segments of the sidewalk was conducted in August 2014 and its performance will be evaluated this summer. The sidewalk concrete cores from Riggs Road were evaluated at the federal Turner Fairbanks Research Center in Virginia. The finding from the report indicates that the cause of scaling of the sidewalk was most likely related to poor-air void system in conjunction with improper finishing (premature finishing of the surface before bleeding was completed) of the surface. This surface was then exposed to winter conditions (freezing and thawing in presence of deicing salts, and accumulations of snow and ice), particularly the severe winter of 2013-2014.

DDOT has initiated a citywide survey of the condition of sidewalk concrete and if the trial at Riggs Road, NE, is successful, a city wide repair task will be planned and scheduled. In order to minimize such issues in the future, we have assigned an experienced engineer to vigorously inspect all constructions sites on a daily basis and enforce the Standard Specifications requirements, and any non-complying concrete, asphalt and other construction materials are rejected and replaced with approved materials. Furthermore, quality control managers of concrete producers are required to test and document concrete for slump and air content before it leaves the plants.

New Flexipave Sidewalks Beginning to Be Installed

December 15, 2014

On November 12th, I posted that DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration was planning to repair sidewalks that have been damaged by street trees at locations citywide with Flexipave. Flexipave is designed to reduce the damage to sidewalks by tree roots, and to provide the additional environmental benefits of allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the tree space.

Over the weekend I saw my first example of Flexipave on the 600 block of Princeton Place. Overall I liked it an am very interested in seeing how it holds up to the elements. Other approaches DDOT has previously used to provide a flexible sidewalk over tree roots have not lived up to their promise.

IMG_7718[1](Flexipave on the 600 block of Princeton Place, NW)

Area Sidewalks Damaged by Tree Roots to be Repaired with Flexipave

November 12, 2014

About a week ago, I was notified that the District of Columbia’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) will soon begin work to repair sidewalks that have been damaged by street trees at locations citywide. According to their notification, this work will be completed using a new sidewalk material, a flexible porous paving, which is commonly called flexipave. The citywide locations have all been identified by a UFA Urban Forester or Ward Arborist and were selected based on the damage to the sidewalk and the necessity of using alternate materials to preserve street trees.

The UFA further explained that “Flexipave is designed to reduce the damage to sidewalks by tree roots, and to provide the additional environmental benefits of allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the tree space. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional materials for a number of reasons. The material is made from recycled tires and stone aggregate; it is mixed with a urethane adhesive and poured on site to create a paving material that is 100% porous. This permeability allows stormwater to infiltrate into the groundwater, and because the installation is low impact and the material flexible, it is well suited for tree preservation, since it will not break or buckle due to the growth of tree roots beneath it.”

In looking at the map of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A, I was able to identify 6 locations where this work will be done — 1 on the 600 b/o Princeton Place; 3 on the 700 b/o Lamont Street;  1 on the 1100 b/o Park Road; and 1 on the 1400 b/o Irving Street. The map below shows these locations with the red darts. You can also click on the map to navigate throughout all of Washington to see all the locations where work will occur.

Flexipaver map(Click on map to go to navigable map of flexipaver locations)

Princeton Place Getting New Sidewalks and Gutters

September 12, 2012

I was very pleased to see that the 700 block of Princeton Place is in the midst of having its sidewalks and gutters replaced. Last September, the 700 block of Park Road had its sidewalks replaced. In recent years the 400 block of Kenyon, the southern end of Park Place, the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road, and if memory serves me, I think part of Irving Street have also had their sidewalks replaced. All of this is in addition to the improvements made on Georgia Avenue north of Otis Place.

Its heartening to see so many of these much-needed infrastructure improvements happening in the neighborhood.


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