GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
Expect holes in your street — big holes with guys in them. Also, expect backhoes, trucks, jackhammers, road closures and traffic jams all over Takoma Park.
The Public Works director has received notifications and permit applications from ALL the utilities “at levels I have never seen before.” She says more may come in. “Seems like every month there’s a new wave.”
“So on any given day you can expect to see a tree crew for PEPCO on one street, a WSSC contractor doing sewer repair work on another, and Washington Gas contractor replacing gas mains on a third,” Braithwaite wrote in a note to community listserves.
Washington Gas is already working in Ward 1, and, according to Braithwaite, “recently applied for a permit for work involving 160 homes in the Longbranch Sligo area, New Hampshire Gardens and Hillwood Manor neighborhoods.” The gas utility is upgrading their lines, extensive work that includes replacing their main gas lines as well as replacing home lines and meters, modernizing the system and adding safety features.
The water utility WSSC has begun preparatory work for water main replacements on Westmoreland, Allegheny, Cockerille, Spring, Highland, Kansas, Second and Gude. Currently they are marking the streets and next will be taking soil borings.
Braithwaite says “it generally takes them at least a year to complete the final design,” WSSC will submit plans to the City “and they will abide by the City’s permit conditions regarding restoration, etc.” she wrote.
She says the city engineer will oversee the performance of the WSSC contractor and will require that all permit conditions be met.
There are also many smaller projects taking place around the City by WSSC contractors related to sewer line repairs, she noted. The city received a permit for over 30 projects.