Roadwork a buzzkill for Adams Morgan?
A reconstruction project intended to make over 18th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road is scheduled to begin this week in Adams Morgan, worrying some that the work will deter people from frequenting the bars and restaurants.
However, D.C. officials say they are taking steps to minimize the impact and to deal with the public's concerns.
The Adams Morgan Streetscape Project, which is intended to make the road safer for pedestrians and cyclists, is scheduled to be completed in May 2012, according to the District Department of Transportation.
DDOT said they plan to stage the work in phases, beginning on the southern end, to minimize the disruptions. DDOT said construction, which will include sidewalk replacement, new landscaping and lighting, will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., with one lane being open in each direction for traffic. There will also be parking restrictions implemented.
"We want to stress that Adams Morgan will remain open for business throughout this project," said DDOT Interim Director Terry Bellamy. "And we will make every effort to minimize the impact on merchants and residents, particularly on nights and weekends when there is more vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood."
DDOT said it has hired a community liaison to address public concerns. Thomas Pipkin can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 202-642-6774. The city also plans to hold occasional public meetings.
In fact a representative from the Adams Morgan Streetscape Project will be on hand to answer questions during a meeting Monday night. DDOT has a public information session scheduled to provide an update on a project just south of the Adams Morgan work. The construction and finishing touches on 18th Street between Massachusetts and Florida avenues is scheduled to end by April. That $6 million project began in January 2010 and was funded by stimulus money, officials said.
The meeting is at the International Student House, 1825 R St. NW from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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