Dear PoPville – How Do I Get Updates on Construction Projects?


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Dear PoPville,

I am currently living on New Hampshire near foggy bottom/westend. For the last month there has been nonstop construction from 7am to evenings. What is going on?

Additionally, I wanted to know what resources are available to residents and what the typical protocol for obtaining information about construction projects. I received no notification from my building. Even more than that when I asked the building manager about the length of the construction project, cause, etc she had no information for me. I’ve gotten used to earplugs and for the most part the construction workers have been great, they never leave trash behind and seem professional. Still, it rubs me the wrong way that I didn’t receive any notice and I have no point of contact for concerns/complaints.

DDOT usually has pretty good websites about construction projects around town. You can keep up to date on the New Hampshire Avenue project here.

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  • So, in the time it took you to write that you could have googled the project (which is all I’m sure PoP did here) and read up on it to answer many of your questions.

    To your point about notification of construction, I believe that DDOT posts signs with the project name, expected duration and contact points somewhere along the route (usually at the two end points) for any major resurfacing project. Not sure if they did that for the NH Ave project, which would be a valid complaint.

  • Join the Foggy Bottom listserv. They had really good updates and details about this project, as well as a lively discussion about grievances related to the construction. Link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoggyBottomAssociation/

  • I am going to assume this is a private construction project (someone building a office/condo/retail building) because the city (as you saw below) generally advertises the project on the relevant city dept website.

    So…I am a little curious as to why you feel someone else should go to extrordinary measures to seek you out and engage you in their private construction project?

    You’ve already said they clean up their trash and seem to be on the up and up, so what do they owe you?

    Construction timeframes are mandated by the city and are well advertised, so if the noise bothers you, while they are working within those allowances, then tough.

    You live in a condo/apt building which all generally suffer from thin wall syndrome. Do you notify the 4 units that abut yours (one above/below, and left/right) every time you have someone over and make more noise than you typically do?

    Lastly, I will point out the obvious. If you really felt the need to talk to “someone” there are always signs hanging somewhere on the project advertising the Contractor/Owner/Lender. You can call the company and they will eventually point you to the right person.

  • Oops, sent the wrong link earlier: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoggyBottomAlert/ (see archives for Sep 26 and the next couple days)

  • DCRA publishes a list of all recently issued building permits. It will contain a brief description. The public can review copies of all building permit applications and project blueprints at the File Room at DCRA’s Permit Center. Permit applications include start and end dates for construction projects so you can get an idea when the construction will end. The application and blueprints are public records. You have to do it in person. It takes a bit of time to recall your request, so plan half a day.

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