Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue Intersection and Barney Circle- Southeast Boulevard Projects Environmental Planning Studies Underway

Nov 19, 2012 | Posted in Project Updates
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Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue Intersection and Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard Projects Environmental Planning Studies Underway

Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Projects Seek to Promote Safety, Connectivity, & Traffic Efficiency By Reconfiguring Intersections & Roadways

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently kicked off data collection efforts for two federal environmental planning studies to determine preferred alternatives for both the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue Intersection and the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard projects as part of the District’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Program.

These new studies, initiated in late October 2012, involve evaluating updated concept alternatives previously developed in the 2005 Middle Anacostia Crossings (MAC) Transportation Study and also new alternatives for each project to ensure that they account for pedestrian safety and multi-modal transportation needs, as well new or planned residential and economic development within the surrounding AWI Program area. Because of the proximity of the two projects, data collection and some interaction on the alternatives development for each study will be combined, allowing greater efficiency during the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for each project.

The MAC Study focused on improving the transportation network along both sides of the river between the 11th Street Bridge and RFK Stadium within Wards 6, 7 and 8. Concepts for the Barney Circle Project will involve transforming the former Southeast Expressway interstate roadway into a boulevard with plantings and streetscape amenities integrated with the adjacent neighborhoods between the new 11th Street bridges and Barney Circle. Concepts for the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue Intersection Project, which were initially reviewed during an EA study begun but suspended in 2009 due to requests for additional concept analysis and budget constraints, will focus on pedestrian safety for residents and multi-modal transit users.

Coordination with interested residents, businesses, community organizations and local and federal agencies will take place throughout the study with a first public meeting for the individual EA’s anticipated to be held in the first quarter of 2013. The EA reports are anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2013.

These are two in a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the larger AWI Program. From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI Program is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront.

For more information, to follow the progress of the EAs or to join the email distribution list for either project, please visit and, respectively.

1 Comment

  1. Mona MacDonald Tippins January 14, 2013

    I rode those old streetcars in D.C. when I was young. We transferred at Barney Circle. I remember going to the amusement park, Glen Echo over Cabin John. My dad rode streetcars to his job with the government. There were weekly passes then. On weekends he would give me the pass. The museums and the monuments were a normal thing for all of us who lived in Washington D.C. What a great childhood, even though part of it was in depression times and WW2. I still love streetcars and have ridden them all over Europe and parts of Asia. Thanks to all concerned for bringing back streetcars.

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