Planned Chestnut Street sidewalk could be installed sooner than initially planned

The Transportation Department will narrow the street rather than remove residents’ green space. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2016)

With a consensus forming that Chevy Chase’s Chestnut Street NW should have a sidewalk, the D.C. Department of Transportation is working to construct one prior to its previously stated projection of 2020.

The project in the neighborhood’s northeastern Hawthorne section affects Chestnut between Oregon and Western avenues NW. After strong objections from some residents, the Transportation Department revised its plans — making room for a sidewalk by narrowing the street instead of building on adjacent green space. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G recently offered its unanimous endorsement to the latest proposal.

“The District has worked closely with residents and community stakeholders to arrive at a compromise on the Chestnut Street sidewalk project,” Transportation Department spokesperson Terry Owens wrote Monday in an email to The Current. “The procurement process is now underway to move the project into final design. The design work is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018, and take six to nine months to complete. While there is no firm date for construction to begin, we are committed to start work at the earliest possible opportunity. Original projections called for construction to begin in 2020, but DDOT will do everything it can to advance that timeline.”