Cone Zone: Updates on D.C.-area work zones



Cone Zone: Updates on D.C.-area work zones

  • Pesky pavement problems

    Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
    May 9, 2019
    It's paving season. Spring and summer are prime time for road resurfacing since asphalt is easier to apply during warmer weather. There are a slew of slurry projects ongoing across the region.
    We're responding to your Cone Zone concerns over pavement problems. We've received a couple of questions about a rutted section of Eastern Avenue. In some places, the asphalt overlay has disintegrated down to the concrete base.
    Monica from the District writes:
    "[Five] blocks of horrible road paving straight thru, that has been terrible for years and now is so bad that I add 15 minutes to my commute each way to go another way."
    The District Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the boundary streets along with a few easements beyond the sidewalk on the Maryland side. DDOT is actively paving Southern Avenue and plans to tackle the bumpy stretches of Eastern Avenue next.
    A spokesperson for DDOT tells WTOP that the paving of Eastern Avenue between 16th Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW should commence by mid-June.
    Another section of Eastern Avenue between New Hampshire Avenue and Carroll Avenue is on the docket for a full-scale rehabilitation that would include road and curb reconstruction, sidewalk replacements and other safety upgrades. That work isn't scheduled to begin until this fall. 
    Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to eliminate all of these poor quality roads in the District by 2024.
    In some places on Eastern Avenue, the asphalt overlay has disintegrated down to the concrete base. (WTOP/Molly Welton)
    Trish from South Riding, Virginia, writes that it's been a rugged ride on the Outer Loop of the Beltway through Annandale since last winter:
    "It's full of holes, patches, and you have to jockey your way from lane to lane to TRY to find a less-horrible place to drive."
    Work to repave this portion of the Beltway between Interstate 66 and the Springfield Interchange began late last year. The paving was halted in mid-December when winter weather moved in.
    The Virginia Department of Transportation did what it could to keep the Beltway passable into the spring. Forming a phalanx, two to three abreast, crews aboard yellow "arrow board" trucks roved southbound patching the road damage during middays and evenings. 
    VDOT recently updated the paving schedule for this section of the Beltway from "scheduled" to "in progress." Fort Myer, one of the highway department's go-to contractors, is now poised to resume the repaving project.
    With more than 27 lane miles of asphalt needing attention, VDOT estimates that the work on the Outer Loop will continue into the summer and conclude around mid-August.
    You can check the status of paving projects in Northern Virginia here.
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