Sunday, May 13, 2007

Thunder? Gunfire? Nope...It's Steel Street Plates

The endless thundering sound heard by the H Street NE community during the last three months is the result of vehicles driving over large, rectangular steel plates, which fit loosely over ongoing construction work. Electric utility PEPCO is upgrading the infrastructure in preparation for the upcoming H Street renovation.

Welds apparently are supposed to keep the plates from moving, as seen in my March 4 posting. But PEPCO workers aren't using enough welds, most of which seem to break under several days of traffic pounding.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A addressed the issue at its May 10th meeting, and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' urges rattled residents to ring this PEPCO representative:

Ms. Linda Jo Smith
PEPCO, Public Affairs Officer
Office: 202-872-2024
Cell: 202-669-8392
Email: ljsmith@pepco.com

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