District Department of Transportation

District Department of Transportation The District Department of Transportation is an agency of the government of the District of Columbia which manages and maintains publicly owned transportation infrastructure in the District of Columbia.

DDOT is the lead agency with authority over the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of alleys, bridges, sidewalks, streets, street lights, and traffic signals in the District of Columbia.HistoryDDOT was originally known as the Division of Transportation, and was a subunit of the District of Columbia Department of Public Works . The division began suffering from significant deficiencies in the 1990s, including an over-reliance on outside contractors, a lack of expertise with which to oversee contractors and ensure performance and quality work, severe understaffing, and excessive lead times for the letting and implementing of design and construction contracts. These issues led to significant backlogs in maintenance and construction, and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds were unexpended.In response to the impending management crisis in its transportation division, in May 2002 the Council of the District of Columbia passed the District Department of Transportation Establishment Act of 2002, which separated the Division of Transportation from the Department of Public Works and created a standalone D.C. Department of Transportation. A 2004 assessment indicated that the reorganization led to significant improvements in the District of Columbia's oversight of its transportation infrastructure.

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