DDOT released a statement yesterday that the construction of Pennsylvania Ave SE Great Streets from 27th to Branch Ave SE will be accelerated. By how much you ask? Try 1 year and 2 months. Abracadabra!!! Presto chango. Personally, Miss V looks forward to being able to drive on Penn Ave again without having to dodge steel plates in the road. However, this acceleration has been met with some skepticism on the part of residents. One resident questioned via the listserv if we are going to be short changed medians, sidewalks, and the streetscaping we were promised in order to advance the timeline. FYI, as of this blog post DDOT hadn't responded to that resident on the listserv.
Maybe Miss V is too trusting, but it seems possible that we will get everything we were promised in the final drawings under this new schedule. The previous construction hours were 9:30 - 3:30 Monday through Saturday. That's 6 hours a day, 6 days a week or 36 working hours. However, it takes the crew about an hour to setup construction for the day (cones, signs, remove steel plates) and an hour to put the street back (put down steel plates, remove cones and signs). So really they were only doing about 25 hours per week of construction.
The new hours will be 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, 7 days a week. That comes out to 15 hours per day (minus 2 hours for setup/breakdown) or 91 working hours a week (13 hours times 7 days). That gives them a little over 3.5 times the amount of working hours each week.
Of course this new construction schedule may alter my Condo Boards plans to repave our parking lot in September. We may have to push it back until after the construction is complete so we don't exacerbate the parking problems. The one good thing about all the construction is that it has sent all the Maryland drivers elsewhere.
The press release is below.