Published on: Friday, October 19, 2018 City Manager & Staff Blog

Utility Work in North Takoma

A Message to Residents from the City Manager
October 19, 2018

Dear Residents,

Several unscheduled utility projects will be taking place in Takoma Park on Takoma, Fenton, and Philadelphia Avenues over the next several days. This is in addition to the ongoing scheduled utility work in the area.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, Pepco work will be occurring on Takoma and Fenton Avenues, similar to past Saturdays. Work is to take place between 9 am and 3 pm. This is part of Pepco’s major Takoma to Sligo Underground Line Project through the area. Work is scheduled on Saturday to help address delays due to the higher than normal days of rain experienced over the last several months as well as some unexpected construction difficulties. Detour routes and construction measures are the same as have been in place for the ongoing work.

Beginning Monday after rush hour, the Maryland State Highway Administration will be working on replacing the broken storm water line under Philadelphia Avenue near Chicago Avenue. This work is likely to continue until Wednesday morning and work may take place around the clock. While emergency work was just done to the roadway, it did not address the underlying storm drain problem. The work early next week will be a badly-needed permanent repair of the storm drain line.

The various utility crews have been made aware of the work of the other entities. Takoma Park Public Works staff and the Takoma Park Police Department are working to help ensure the work can be done correctly, safely and quickly while also helping address traffic and neighborhood issues.

If there is an urgent matter regarding traffic, etc., please contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100. They will alert officers or Public Works staff as needed. If it is a less-urgent matter, please feel free to contact me at We are working hard to coordinate the various projects and problems so that the essential utility work is done without undue hardship.

Suzanne Ludlow
City Manager