Additional Brick Sidewalk Repairs Coming to Chinatown, Thanks to Five Newly-Trained SAMs 


August 6, 2019

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently trained five Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors to complete sidewalk brick repairs through a brick and masonry program. 

The program enables Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in DC to train individuals on brick masonry in order to assist DDOT in sidewalk brick repairs. In August, repair work will resume in Chinatown and Penn Quarter, beginning on 8th and I Street, which is an area of DowntownDC where many sidewalks are brick.

Recipients of the training learn to repair and maintain brick surfaces, elevating their potential career path in masonry. At the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the masonry program immediately advances individuals to the BID’s special projects team.

Between now and the end of the September, DDOT will reimburse the DowntownDC BID for up to $10,000 in brick repairs including labor and materials.  This is the second fiscal year the BID has partnered with DDOT on sidewalk repairs. Other BIDs, including the Capitol Riverfront BID and the Georgetown BID, have also worked with DDOT to assist with brick sidewalks within their jurisdictions. 

Last year, the DowntownDC BID completed hundreds of brick repairs in over 150 locations.

For brick repair location recommendations or concerns, please call the BID’s Dispatch Office at 202-624-1550.

To report additional sidewalk concerns, visit DDOT’s Request Repairs webpage