District to rehab O and P streets
The District plans to rehabilitate portions of two streets in Georgetown that officials describe as historic.
The District Department of Transportation, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Council member Jack Evans (Ward 2) broke ground Thursday on the project on O and P streets NW between 37th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Officials said the project will rebuild the roadways, replace water mains and restore some portions of streetcar tracks. The work is scheduled for completion in fall 2012.
"Over many years, O and P streets have greatly deteriorated due to vehicular traffic and sinkholes from damaged water mains," Gray said. "Today marks the exciting start of our work to ensure public safety and repair the structural integrity of these roadways, all while preserving this neighborhood's indelible character and history."
The work will include streetlight and drainage improvements, new crosswalks, new trees, tree boxes and tree rails; and new curb ramps. Officials also plan to reinstall old police and fire alarm call boxes.
DDOT Interim Director Terry Bellamy said the streetcar tracks date back to the 1800s. Officials described them as "the last visible evidence" of the city's streetcar system, which ended operations in 1962.
Plans call for one lane to remain open to traffic at all times, so the project will focus on one block and side of the street at a time, DDOT said.
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