Saturday afternoon, on 4th street sw just across from the Hilton under construction at F st sw, they had blocked off the sidewalk to let new concrete dry. The sign helpfully suggested I cross to the other side of the street — where construction has closed the sidewalk for a month. Oh, and to make it worse, they were suggesting I cross the street nowhere near a crosswalk or a ramp.
Being able bodied, I stepped off the curb into the bike lane and walked around. But if I wasn’t… Since 395 blocks most of the ways north here, there are zero options here other than backtracking half a block, going west three blocks, going north two blocks, then back east. Or stepping / rolling into the bike lane or street.
Haphazard enforcement of rules regarding sidewalk access during construction keeps making our city dangerous in ways it doesn’t need to be.
-Concerned Southwest Resident”