DDOT has responded to my further inquiry about the missing access path:
“There has been no change to that planned connection at ‘Q’ street, but it is not in the ongoing construction contract because we do not yet control that land. I believe the developer was going to provide the land but they have yet to buy the whole parcel from PEPCO. We will talk to PEPCO again about how to make that connection in the meantime.”
I can understand the situation DDOT was in at time of contract letting offered limited recourse. I do think the public should have been informed of the change. And I certainly think DDOT should have been more proactive with Pepco about still securing this path (which is over vacant property) before we had to raise it to their attention.
That being said, I am slightly encouraged by the tone of this response and, again, will keep you updated on their progress.
At least we now have a promised action (DDOT contacting Pepco) that will happen and a reaction (Pepco’s response) that will have to result–we will no longer be in the dark about where the roadblock exists and will know where to direct pressure if needed.