The leaders at the DC Department of Transportation (DOT) are aware of just how bad the city’s roads are. The Director of DDOT, Jeff Marootian said it’s one of the things he hears the most about from city residents.
However, there was a reduction of some complaints after the city started its Pave DC program earlier this year.
According to Marootian, in the first year of a 6-year project, the department has completed about 120 segments of road. Another 37 are under construction with dozens more planned.
“We’re doing the roadways that are in the worst condition, and some those are main arterials and some of them are smaller local streets,” he said. He added that the department defines a segment as “one full block or one longer stretch of a roadway.”
DC Increased Its Funding to Help Build Better Roads
The District is increasing the money allocated for road and sidewalk maintenance. The district earmarked just over $6 million for road work at the start of the decade. Since then, funding has increased to nearly $30 million a year. And the city is also putting a lot of effort in to figure out which roads are in need of improvement.
Per Marootian, their technology monitors the condition of the pavement across the District. They also have a team that takes a look at each roadway and determine what fixes the each road needs.
Nearly every D.C. resident has an opinion on what the worst of the worst roads are, and Marootian said the city wants to hear from each one of them.
“The best way for the public to communicate with us is through 311,” said Marootian. “We look at every single request for roadway resurfacing to determine what type of repair is needed. In some cases, it may be a small repair; in other cases, it may necessitate a full repaving of the road.”
You can also go online to check where Pave DC is sending crews to work over the next several months.