Bumpy D.C. road blamed for causing damage to homes

Ceiling caved in, and resident blames it on shaking due to bumpy road. (Photo courtesy of Frances Garcia)

The impact of traffic in the 4900 block of South Dakota Ave. may not have been completely noticeable, but the people who lived there said they could 'feel' it.

"It feels, in some cases, like a minor earthquake," Charles Lockett, who lives on the block said.

Residents say heavy trucks on the bumpy block create loud bangs and damaging vibrations that keep them from getting a solid night's rest.

"My alarm is basically the buses coming back and forth," Donald Sumner, who also lives on the block said.

Sumner and his neighbors say it's a sound they couldn't seem to get anyone else to hear. Until Sumner saw the 7 ON YOUR SIDE phone bank.

"I decided, wow let me give them a try. And I picked the phone up and I called. And here you are," Sumner said.

7 ON YOUR SIDE showed up to see Sumner's damaged home, and view the cracks that Sumner and his neighbors blame on a street they've desperately tried to have repaved.

"I have so many numbers that I've called the District to complain about," Frances Garcia said.

Garcia says the vibrations outside sent her ceiling tumbling onto her living room floor last June.

"I had just come from downstairs, going into the kitchen, and boom, it just came down," Garcia said.

But despite their calls, and pictures, D.C.'s Department of Transportation originally told the group there was no need for work.

"We have been ignored by the city and we are sick of it," said Sumner.

But not anymore. After 7 ON YOUR SIDE started calling, DDOT made plans to make repairs.

To address residents' concerns, the Agency says it will mill and resurface the block in the spring.

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