Workers are set to begin construction on a two-year, roughly 1.75-mile road project along the western side of Rock Creek Park in the coming weeks. Spanning Oregon Avenue NW between Military Road NW and Western Avenue, as well as Western Avenue between Oregon Avenue NW and 31st Street NW, the project has a budget of roughly $23 million and is being done by Capitol Paving of D.C. It involves street improvements and the installation of a new sidewalk.
“This project includes roadway improvements and installation of a new sidewalk on the west side of the roadway, new curb and gutter, street lights, signage, pavement markings, drainage structures and systems, [Low Impact Development runoff] facilities and a new bridge over Pinehurst Run,” the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) says in a recent release.
The work is being broken up into three segments through 2024. DDOT is hosting a kick-off meeting for the project December 11 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Lafayette Elementary School. Design work for the project started in 2014 and the contract was awarded in October.
“There is no getting around the fact that Oregon Avenue will look different with sidewalks,” DDOT notes in an FAQ. “The team is going through extensive efforts to preserve trees and minimize disturbance to roots to help preserve the park-like character of Oregon Avenue.”