“Yesterday I was driving to work, the exit from 395 to 295 North in DC is going through a lot of construction and a rod came flying at me”

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I was driving to work, the exit from 395 to 295 North in DC is going through a lot of construction and a rod came flying at me. The car in front of me dodged it but I couldn’t. I ended up hitting the rod and it took off my car’s front bumper. Today I drove (my boyfriend’s car) on the same road and the rod is still there. and I got a closer look and it looks like the rod part that holds up the yellow construction signs that’s all over that area. I called DDOT and they transferred me to risk management, but obviously no one picked up when I called. Anyway, I think this is pretty dangerous considering if it flies up when hit then it can go through someone’s windshield and kill someone. If anyone knows the number to call to file a complaint, I would really appreciate it.”

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  • Streets in DC, especially around construction sites are probably as horrible as I’ve seen them in my 20 years in DC… Georgia Avenue is riddled with lumps and steel plates constantly. It seems that there should be an agency to police this especially with all of the money the city makes from taxes and cameras, but I guess the money goes to salaries for desk jockeys instead. Sorry to hear about this incident, Insurance should cover it if you pay the deductible… We’re all milk cows these days. :(

    • Call 911–this is an urgent issue and the emergency highway crew (or whomever we have here in DC) will be sent out to take care of it.

  • Be careful driving/cycling on Ust and 9th, I saw some spikes from the construction site just sitting on the street by the curb (I didnt know what to do with them, there was no one at the site)

  • Call 311, tell them the story and that your calls to DOT and risk management haven’t been answered. Ask for a DOT manager. Keep calling until you find someone that cares.

  • The crazy thing is, this is on a highway and a lot more damage can be caused than with the debris on city streets. I remember seeing a story on the news years ago back home, where a rod came flying through a car’s front window and impaled a girl to her seat. It somehow missed all her major organs.

  • Since this is on a highway, it’s likely that federal funds are being used and they are held to stricter standards for design and construction than for local roads. You could always contact the FHWA Division Office for DC and alert them to it. Though they can’t actually go out and pick the rod up, a little extra pressure on DDOT from the folks who give them a lot of money might be some good extra incentive. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/dcdiv/

  • pix, or it didn’t happen.

  • Call 911 when something like this happens

  • You can go down to the risk mngt office, call or file a claim online: http://orm.dc.gov/service/filing-claim

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