Road Construction Project Upsets Local Business

by Bonburke on October 7, 2010

Updated June 1st, 2011:

For the latest information about Adams Morgan Road Construction, visit the official site at

The site is a little out of date, but here is their summary of work from May 2nd to May 17th:

General Summary:

Work in the intersection at 18th St NW and Florida Ave is very busy and crews are on schedule.  At this time a lot of electrical conduit work is occurring between manholes and involves a fair amount of work in trenches and in holes.  Depending on what the contractor encounters this is very complicated and complex work which involves coordination with DC Water, Washington Gas, as well as Pepco.  All agencies have personnel on site and coordination is working very well.  At times delays may occur while decisions regarding unmarked lines (utility and otherwise) are discussed in order to facilitate  new connections and conduits.  The work at this location (18th and Florida Ave)  also involves water line tie-ins and service connections.  While this work is being done interruption to water service will occur, appropriate notification will be made to affected customers by DC Water and their subcontractors.  It is possible that water service interruptions may last longer than anticipated depending on what the contractors find underground.  In this case, DC Water will notify their customers as fast as possible regarding any delays.

Work is also continuing north on 18th St. NW in the 2000, 2100 and 2200 BLK, east side, as electrical conduit and duct work continues.

Sidewalk and curb replacement will begin shortly on the south side of Florida Ave NW, and then proceed to the east side of 18th St, 2000 BLK.



NBC Washington reports that Adams Morgan is in for some growing pains as construction gets underway on the 18th street corridor. While this may be good new for some, it has some local businesses worried.

“I think everybody was very, very reluctant to move forward for fear of what happened on P Street,” Tryst and The Diner owner Constantine Stavropolous told the Washington Business Journal. “The nightmare stories we heard of businesses going out of business. The incompetence of some agencies to coordinate things. But most of us felt we needed a facelift, something dramatic that’s going to keep us in competition with a growing city.”

The P Street “nightmare” he’s referring to is the 18-month streetscape project from 2007 and 2008. Some restaurant owners reported losing more than half of their business.

But for those who traverse down the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare on 18th Street, the project will be a welcome addition. Just ask local blog The 42:

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