The new sidewalks on the 17th Street corridor are getting a touch of brick—instead of being fully bricked. The areas next to the curb are brick and there is a brick accent toward the center of the sidewalk. Work is underway to complete the sidewalks on the west side before warm weather, and outdoor dining, arrives. Get updates on the 17th Streetscape project at the project Web site.
Yesterday, for the fourth time, a water main ruptured at 17th and P Streets NW. Accounts say that Monday’s break was by far the largest; 17th between O and Q as well as P Street between 16th and 18th were closed for several hours.
The initial report is that a contractor working on the 17th Streetscape project hit a 20-inch water main. Greater Greater Washington has a good account of what happened yesterday along with a short video of the water gushing at 17th and P NW. Dcist has more info and photos.
GGW says the previous three water main breaks on 17th Street have been due to “a combination of the cold weather, pipes sitting exposed, and the old age of the pipes.” ANC 2B/Dupont is slated to discuss the problems at Wednesday’s meeting.
Work on the 17th Streetscape project started November 30 at Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Last Saturday ANC 2B/Dupont Circle held a rally and walk down 17th Street with city officials to review initial tree removal plans that were part of the 17th Streetscape project. Work began November 30.
The city’s initial plans called for the removal of almost all of the 35 trees between P and Riggs Streets NW on 17th. However, after the 17th Street walk, plans have been revised so that only about 10 trees will be removed from this stretch of the street.
Following is a detailed report on the Saturday walk and the city’s revised tree plans for 17th Street from Commissioner Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04.
The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) is hosting a community meeting this evening on the 17th Streetscape project. Time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1772 Church Street NW.
Following is a quick Q&A with Commissioner Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04; he is co-chair of the 17th Street working group, along with Paul Williams, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.
At the bottom of this posting are earlier stories related to plans for 17th Street. Also, Greater Greater Washington did a great write up on the project in October 2008.
- Hurry up to 14th and U Streets NW before 1 p.m. today—today is the final day of the 2009 season for the 14th and U Farmers Market.
- Read the transcript of an anonymous 911 call on the morning of October 4 when a man died at “Men’s Parties” at 1618-A 14th Street, courtesy of columnist Amanda Hess, “The Sexist”, at the Washington City Paper.
- If you are ready to adopt a companion, check out dcist’s “Pet Worth,” which launched in October; dcist is collaborating with the Washington Humane Society. It is a listing, with photos, of “Highly Adoptable Animals.”
- On Monday, November 23, attend the next 17th Streetscape Community Meeting at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1772 Church Street NW. Time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04, has more information; you can send him an email.
- Read WashCycle’s take on the 15th Street bike lane—and other possible future options for the street. One is Alternative 3, which would make 15th a two-way street for traffic, and my choice all along.