[from Jeff Green]
There is a serious issue with the medians being installed on New Hampshire Avenue. For the medians to support trees and other plant life they should be excavated to a depth of 36-48” inches. This is so the trees (DDOT and UFA planned for elms, like the ones across from the metro station) can develop root systems that are able to support themselves as they grow.
Members of the community have identified that DDOT and their contractor are only excavating to varying depths of 6-24 inches, depending on the conditions. During excavation DDOT and their contractor unexpectedly found compacted stone and have chosen to not remove this material, which in the future will cause problems with the trees that are to be planted. Additionally the contractor is leaving piles of concrete below the back fill as they install the medians, which will have adverse affects on any other plants that are planted.
DDOT initially denied that there was a problem and after admitting it they are now refusing to correct. I have requested that the Ward 4 Councilmember’s Constituent Services Coordinator, Judi Gold, brief Councilmember Bowser on the issue with the medians and make an inquiry to DDOT for a solution to this problem.
Please take a few moments out of your day and email (addresses listed below) your ANC representatives, Councilmember Bowser, and the DDOT managers of this project to let them know that Petworth wants this project completed correctly the first time without any corners being cut.
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Joseph Martin, ANC4C Chairman
Shanel Anthony, ANC4C07
Timothy Jones, ANC4C08
David Tumblin, ANC 4C06
Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Councilmember
Judi Gold, Ward 4 Constituent Services Coordinator
Paul Stephenson, DDOT Project Manager
Said Cherifi, DDOT Program Manager
Karina Ricks, DDOT Associate Director
Jeffrey Marootian, DDOT