“The National Gallery is tearing up the brand new sidewalk and landscaped areas that they JUST reopened last month”

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A reader reports:

“The National Gallery is tearing up the brand new sidewalk and landscaped areas that they JUST reopened last month at Pennsylvania / Constitution. This had been under construction for about a year before they reopened it.”

So it’s not just local government…

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  • Another example- NPS contractors tore up brand new cement sidewalks and seating areas in James Monroe Pocket Park (20th & Penn) within a week of putting it down.

  • Must be using the same guys as the Supreme Court. I moved here in 2008 and from then until about five years later there was constant exterior work being done. Maybe about four years in the fences on East Cap finally came down revealing new sidewalks only to be closed up again a few weeks later.

  • It is possible the sidewalk was not installed to the customer’s specifications. If a contractor doesn’t do the job as specified, they are typically required to fix at no extra cost. There could be countless reasons why they are tearing up, e.g. not built at the specific width/depth, incorrectly placed cuts, uneven/unlevel, materials that do not meet standards (e.g. Silver Spring Transit Center), etc. etc.

    • People love to jump to government incompetence first and don’t really care about the actual situation. Maybe because it makes them feel better about themselves?

      I agree with Tom on this, maybe the slope was wrong, wasn’t the proper thickness, or didn’t meet ADA standards. This is most likely government competence in ensuring work was done according to scope and actually holding the contractor accountable.

  • Does anyone know why they are doing this, like what official reason they gave?

  • Heh. Like 3rd and H NW

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