Utah Avenue NW Paving – Washington DC


A 1941 article in the Washington Post reported the imminent start of paving on Utah Avenue NW between Nebraska Avenue and Pinehurst Circle at the Maryland border, to be conducted by the Bureau of Public Roads, a division of the Federal Works Administration (FWA).

Source notes

“$1,158,000 D.C. roads program set,” Washington Post, March 23, 1941, p. B1

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on April 14, 2015.

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Location Info

Utah Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015

Coordinates: 38.9713, -77.0631

One comment on “Utah Avenue NW Paving – Washington DC

  1. Russ Chamberlayne

    I lived on Utah Avenue from 1953-64. I was 2 years old when we arrived, and 14 when
    we moved out of the house at 6315 Utah Ave. (between Tennyson and Barnaby). During
    that period, the road paving consisted of reinforced concrete.

    A worn segment of the paving on the hill between Barnaby and Pinehurst Circle revealed
    the rebar used in the construction. I wonder at the quality of the paving, if such wear
    had developed in the two decades or so since the work had been done.

    I don’t know if the 1940s Public Roads Administration paving contract on Utah Ave.
    included the sidewalk, but it was in even worse shape, when we moved in, than the
    worn patch on the roadway mentioned above. It was an asphalt surface that was very
    worn, and so rough with hummocks and depressions that I fell when my tricycle tipped
    over (that would be circa 1954 or ’55, I guess) and I received an injury. I understood
    later from my parents that this helped convince the city to put in a concrete sidewalk.

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