The following message is from the H Street Construction Company's Community Relations Specialist Margaret Gentry.
DDOT Invites Community Views About Proposed Changes In the Treebox Cobblestones On H Street N.E.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is inviting comments from the H Street N.E. business community and ANC Commissioners and civic leaders about proposed changes in the placement of cobblestones in the H Street treeboxes. [photographs illustrating the options and full description below.]
The H Street Reconstruction Project plans called for treebox installation of the 4-cubic-inch cobblestones at an angle to facilitate drainage, and this has been done in most of the treeboxes in the project area. But in mid-June, vandals pulled a cobblestone out of a treebox and hurled it through the window of a 1300-block business establishment. A few days later, there was a similar incident in the 1000 block, except that the business owner was able to stop the vandal before the cobblestone was thrown.
To protect H Street businesses and prevent such incidents in the future, DDOT project managers initiated a study of design alternatives that would secure the cobblestones more firmly into place so they could not be pulled up easily and used to cause damages and injuries. Project designers presented various alternatives and cost estimates.DDOT is providing descriptions of these options to determine H Street community preferences.
OPTION 1: Reset the angled cube (4x4x4) cobblestones flat within the perimeter of the jumbo (10x7x4) edge cobblestones. Place the cube cobblestones less than 1/4-inch apart & fill gaps with a 50/50 sand/soil mix. The top of the cube cobblestones will be flush with the nearest jumbo edge stones. Provide an approximate 2-foot x 3-foot mulch area around the tree trunk.
OPTION 2: Remove the jumbo edge cobblestones and replace with cube cobblestones. Install all cobblestones flat and flush with the sidewalk and curb. Place the cobblestones less than 1/4-inch apart & fill gaps with a 50/50 sand/soil mix. Provide an approximate 2-foot x 3-foot mulch area immediately around the trunk of the tree.
OPTION 3: Completely remove the cube cobblestones from the treeboxes and replace with mulch. Leave the jumbo edge cobblestones in place without change.
Which option do you prefer? DDOT wants to know. Please share your views no later than 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, by e-mail, telephone, or personal contact with DDOT’s H Street Community Relations Specialist: Margaret Gentry, email@example.com, 202.320.8534
Photos and more info after the jump
OPTION 1: resetting the cobblestones so they are flat and flush with the box edges
PLEASE NOTE: None of these options would require any significant interruption of parking and pedestrian passageways in front of H Street businesses. The work at a treebox directly in front of a business is likely to require a one-day weekday daytime suspension of one or two street parking spaces to assure work-zone safety for the construction crew. We will work closely and directly with affected businesses to accommodate loading-zone and parking needs as much as possible.As always, thank you for your participation and cooperation.
Community Relations Specialist AMEC Environment & Infrastructure
616 11th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Office 202.544.7603 - Fax 202.544.7605 - Mobile 202.320.8534
Email firstname.lastname@example.org -or- email@example.com