To report a depression in the roadway, water that is gushing from the roadway or comments/concerns about steel plates located in the roadway please contact 311 or go online to 311.dc.gov.
The Districts Department of Transportation (DDOT), Public Space Operation Project (PSOP) has taken the lead to enforce proper permitting and placement of steel plates in the District’s Right-of-Way (ROW). The PSOP team is responsible for the management, permitting and oversight of private use and occupancy of the ROW. DDOT’s mission is to develop and maintain a safe, cohesive, and sustainable transportation system that delivers efficient, affordable and convenient ways to move people and goods throughout the city.
In the spirit of those efforts the PSOP team has taken a close look at the unsafe and dangerous problems associated with improper placement and maintenance of steel plates. PSOP understands firsthand the numerous effects of ineffective and improper placement of steel plates in our city streets. Improperly placed steel plates create several problems for District citizens, whether it’s the noise that stems from flapping plates when vehicles drive over them, to the damage to cars that drive over them, to the reduction in vehicle speed when motorists encounter them, to the eyesore plates create, marring the streetscape of our beautiful city.
Enforcement is based on DC Municipal Regulation Section 24-3403.7, which governs excavations in the ROW. That sections requires persons who have excavated the ROW to follow DDOT Standard Specifications for Highways and Structures, 2009 Ed. (the “Blue Book”). Section 616.19 governs Steel Protection Plates. The guidelines give a heighten level of accountability to our citizens, visitors (tourist) and vehicular traffic. Those standards state:
“Description; Work consist of furnishing, maintaining and relocating, if required steel plates at the job site. Plates shall be used to protect open excavated areas, pot holes and areas where fresh concrete has been placed, all as specified in the [Public Space Permit] and/or as directed. Steel plates shall be used to protect these areas for no longer than five (5) calendar days. Hot Mix Asphalt or High Performance Cold Mix, as defined in Section 819 [of the Blue Book], shall be placed, compacted around the plate, and feathered to meet the existing pavement. Each plate shall be fastened to the pavement with four spikes. Unless otherwise specified in the [Public Space Permit], each plate shall be a minimum of 1 inch thick and of a suitable size to adequately protect the area. Work also includes removal of the plate from the job site when no longer required. Plates shall be clearly marked with the name and contact information of the owner and user of the plate. The mark shall be either on the plate itself, or within twelve [inches] (12”) of the edge of the plate.”
To report a depression in the roadway, water gushing, or comments/concerns about steel plates located in the roadway please contact 311.