As local blog 73rd & Walnut first reported, the new Washington Globe streetlights have started going in on Wisconsin Avenue—and some of them are a bit oddly placed. A light on W Place near Wisconsin Ave., for example, seems to be located “smack in the middle of the sidewalk,” the blogger wrote.
In response to similar comments from residents and ANC 3B commissioners, project manager Paul Hoffman wrote a letter to the ANC. “We have confirmed the location has a 4-foot plus dimension to the building facade and meets the additional 20-inch distance off of the handicapped curb ramp,” the letter states. “The pole is located per plan…. [R]elocation or removal cannot be recommended.”
The first lights to go in are very tall—taller, in fact, than the cobra lights they’re replacing—but Hoffman confirms to us that most lights in the project will be on a smaller, more pedestrian-friendly scale. The lights along Wisconsin Ave. are to be so-called “Twin-20 lights”: 20 feet tall with two globes each. You can see an example at the far right in the sketch above.