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Residents call for help for Northeast DC alley in need of repair

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There is a busy alley in Northeast Washington that is in a dreadful state of repair. Residents and business owners have been trying for years to get the city to fix Linden Court. So far, those efforts have failed.

The alley is just off the busy, growing H Street, NE corridor.

"It looks like a Third World country," said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Andrew Hysell shaking his head. "I think when you drive down it, you can see this is not your normal United States of America road or street."

The alley is filled with deep potholes. It's a bone-rattling ride for motorists who traverse Linden Court. The alley has been deteriorating in recent years, in part, because of the construction of a 70-unit condo complex.

James Johnson is a mechanic who works along the alley. He told us, "It's getting so much worse with the building, and all those constant trucks coming in with the loads and stuff."

The garage to the condo complex will dump more traffic onto the alley.

The growing businesses on H Street will also be getting more deliveries on the alley because when the streetcars start running, wide trucks will not be able to park on H Street. Delivery drivers already don't like the alley.

We spoke with Blair Zevos, one of the owners of a restaurant/bar called H Street Country Club.

We asked him, "Have your delivery people complained? I mean, are they breaking beer bottles?”

“They prefer to come through the front door,” Zevos said. “They always ask to come through the front door. They don't like using the alley."

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Hysell says residents and businesses have complained about the condition of the alley for three years. They have been told the problem is old infrastructure below the surface -- all the pipes and conduits would have to be replaced before road resurfacing.

We found a sign posted in the alley that says Linden Court is supposed to be improved this week. We saw no evidence of that.

Our multiple phone calls to D.C.'s Department of Transportation were not returned.

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