WUSA9 Gets Unsafe Sidewalk Fixed

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--Last week, WUSA9 told you about a dangerous stretch of sidewalk in Northwest DC that was driving commuters crazy. Looks like our calls to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) were heard.

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"Dangerous, looks dangerous, definitely dangerous," one pedestrian told WUSA9's Debra Alfarone about a rusty, hole-filled, stretch of sidewalk on 14th Street, near G Street in NW DC. It's called a vault. Those doors open for deliveries to the nearby building. Problem was, that building sits empty.

Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, who also happens to work nearby at AAA Mid-Atlantic, alerted WUSA9 about this vault last week.
She told us she filed a complaint with DDOT in early June.

"DDOT within a few days did come out and painted orange Xs all over this grate, placed more cones on it and signs on it but it's been over a month and nothing else has occurred," Jeanette told us.

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That's when WUSA9's Driving You Crazy team got involved. We called DDOT. They said the owners of the nearby empty building would have to pay for the fix. Identifying them and getting them to pay could take up to 90 days. But, then, Jeannette called and said there's something she wanted us to see.

"I see this newly repaired vault. I am excited about this, we have commuters who come through here by the thousands every day and now when they are walking through, they don't have to be concerned about catching shoes or catching a heel catching a baby stroller.

"I am glad that WUSA and DDOT were able to get this vault repaired for us," says Jeanette.

DDOT tells WUSA9 this is a temporary fix, until they make contact with that company, but now at least, walkers on this busy stretch of sidewalk don't have to worry about walking into something so dangerous.


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