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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Roadwork a buzzkill for Adams Morgan?

By Washington Post Editors

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 info@adamsmorganstreetscapeproject.com 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.

Adams Morgan Streetscape Project Q&A

What do you think? Post a comment below.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  Construction, District  
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Comments

Why?!?!? Is this really needed. What a waste of money. Knowing DDOT, this project will take a decade to finish. (See 14th Street Bridge and H Street, NE construction projects)

Posted by: eyendis | February 28, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

uh oh... the on street parking from Belmont to Columbia will be parallel and not back-in.

Posted by: ams1500 | February 28, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock,
The construction hours you included in your article above are WRONG. The construction is only allowed from 7 am to 4 or 4:30 pm at the latest...and NOT on Saturdays. The construction contract allows for extended hours ONLY in the event of an emergency. An emergency would be no water or electric service.

Also the meeting tonight is NOT about the Adams Morgan project. DDOT held that meeting on February 8th. The meeting tonight is about the final stages of the 18th Street project betwen Massachusetts Avenue and Florida Avenue...

I wish seasoned journalists would get their facts right...

Posted by: admomaven | February 28, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

People driving to Adams Morgan should be reminded about the cheap daytime parking available in the Colonial garage just off 18th Street (east side of 18th Street between Belmont and Columbia Roads,NW). With FREE validation from any Adams Morgan business, motorists can park for $2 for 2 hours or $6 for 4 hours. Park in the garage, take your ticket to any business, they put a sticker on it, you return to the garage and upon exit you pay either the $2 or the $6 depending on your length of stay. This is available 7 days a week until 5 PM every day!

You must be out of the garage at 5 pm to take advantage of this deal.

Posted by: admomaven | February 28, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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