The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is speeding up its efforts to improve the streets in Washington, D.C. DDOT announced last week that the department will use federal funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to resurface several streets within the District, ahead of its normal construction schedule, over the next few weeks.

ARRA has contributed approximately $123.5 million toward transportation projects. DDOT however, is expected to use roughly $16 million for revamped roadways and new sidewalks.

“The stimulus money is a huge boost to our asset maintenance program and it’s a boost to our economy,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein in a statement. “Because it puts people to work right now paving roads we might not have been able to do for years given our budget constraints.”

The District has long been disparaged for the surfeit of potholes, bumps and other patchwork conditions within its city streets. DDOT began its work schedule on Aug. 18 along parts of Irving Street, New York Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Alabama Avenue and M Street among others.

Paving has already been completed on Interstates 295 and 395 and portions of Kenilworth Avenue.

 

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO