|Work on P Street NW in Georgetown. Photo courtesy DDOT|
A ribbon cutting Tuesday will mark completion of the $11.8 million 'rehabilitation' of O and P Streets, largely federally-funded through the Federal Highway Administration. The ribbon cutting will be held at 10:30 on Tuesday.
Over the years, the section of O and P Streets in between Wisconsin Avenue and 37th Street got bumps and wrinkles. Cobblestones around the old streetcar tracks sunk creating ridges of four inches in some places. Safety concerns emerged, as did questions about whether the city should keep the tracks and cobblestones or improve safety.
|Old streetcar lines on O and P Streets NW got a face lift|
|Image courtesy DDOT|
The city also conducted streetlight and drainage improvements, installed crosswalks, curb ramps, tree boxes and tree rails, reinsalled police call and fire alarm boxes, and planted trees, and restored underground parts of the streetcar tracks on O and P Streets. The city refurbished underground, 250-pound cast-iron yokes that support the tracks at five-foot intervals, as well as track manholes and junction boxes.
|Rehabilitated Streetcar track elements. Photo courtesy DDOT|
|Restored streetcar track. Photo courtesy DDOT|