DDOT Accelerates Road Paving to Improve Safetyeditor@aashto.org October 9, 2020 0 COMMENTS
The District Department of Transportation has paved more than 110 miles of roadway in Washington D.C. since March, surpassing 2019’s total by 11 percent, with more than two months of the 2020 construction season left to go – part of a broad effort to improve the quality and safety of the district’s roadways for motorists and bicyclists alike.
[Above photo by DDOT.]
The agency added that it expects to complete an additional 39 miles of resurfacing by the end of 2020, weather permitting, to bring the total amount of resurfaced roadway to 151 miles in 2020. A significant portion of the completed paving work, roughly 60 percent or 92 miles, are local roads serving residential neighborhoods and schools, DDOT said.
“We are grateful to our team at DDOT for working tirelessly this year to improve our roadways and sidewalks and keep our city moving safely and efficiently,” said Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who added that her administration has invested more than $40 million in the District’s infrastructure in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
“Through PaveDC, we’ll keep investing to achieve our bold commitment of eliminating all poor-quality roads in the District by 2024,” she noted in a statement.
DDOT is also improving sidewalks and alleys under the PaveDC program. In 2020, the agency made 360 blocks – the equivalent of 45 miles – of sidewalks safer for pedestrians across all eight wards, along with the rehabilitation of more than 100 District alleyways.
“Ensuring our roads, sidewalks, and alleys are in a state of good repair is critical to the safety of our residents as they travel all throughout the District,” added DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “Mayor Bowser’s sustained investment in infrastructure has allowed the DDOT team to make these needed improvements and also have an actionable, efficient plan going forward.”