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What’s DDOT Doing Around the Neighborhood?

June 23, 2016
New sidewalk on Warder between Manor and Newton.

New sidewalk on Warder between Manor and Newton.

Last night I too a brief walk around part of the neighborhood to check on all the work DDOT is doing in the community. I continue to see large areas of sidewalk that have been replaced and a large number of crosswalks. Far beyond any notification I’d  received from DDOT. For the most part, these are good improvements.

I’ve observed new crosswalks installed up and down Warder and Park Place. I’ve also observed smaller sections of sidewalk replaced abutting the new crosswalks. What I find interesting for many of these crosswalks is that in addition to the red textured area many of them slightly slope down to a level surface on grade with the street prior to meeting the street.

IMG_0877(New crosswalk on ne corner of Warder and Newton).

However, not all of the work strikes me as as quality work. Below are two photos of an area of new sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Newton Place where the sidewalk takes an odd slope down to the curb. Personally, I question the safety of this and will be questioning DDOT about it.

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IMG_0866(Above: a section of new sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Newton Place. As it approaches the street it suddenly slopes downward.)

Tree to be removed on Quebec Place

Tree to be removed on Quebec Place

In addition to sidewalk improvements, I was sad to see one of the large trees on the 600 block of Quebec Place marked and ready to be cut down. That said, in looking at its trunk near the base it appears that it may be hollow inside and leaving it alone likely poses a safety hazard. The photo below shows an opening in the trunk providing an idea of its hollow interior.

I’ve been working with a group of neighbors in the central section of the neighborhood to tree up streets like Luray and Manor places as those streets have no tree box areas for new trees. Fortunately for Quebec Place, there is tree box space so, even though this tree is coming down, we can get a replacement in the fall.

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Update on Sidewalk Improvement Progress

June 6, 2016
Areas scheduled for sidewalk replacements.

Areas scheduled for sidewalk replacements.

The sidewalk replacement work that I shared in early May is well underway. In walking around the neighborhood this weekend, I noted that the new sidewalks have been replaced on the 600 block of Princeton Place (with the exception of one crosswalk that needs to be redone at the corner of Park Place), the sidewalk on Park Place between Newton and Otis has been replaced, the sidewalk on Warder between Quebec and Rock Creek Church Road is in progress, and work on the sidewalk on the 400 block of Park Road has not yet begun.

Below are some photos of the areas recently completed or in progress.

IMG_0645(New sidewalk on Park Place. Looking south from Otis Place.)

IMG_0638(Crew replacing sidewalk on Warder Street. Morning of June 4th.)

IMG_0655(Looking north from Quebec Place. Sidewalk work in progress on Warder.)

Sidewalk Replacement Work Begins on Princeton Place

May 27, 2016

The sidewalk replacement work that we found out about at the beginning of May have finally begun. Below are photos from the 600 block of Princeton Place, where work began yesterday.

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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.

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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).


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