A delegation of government officials from the Republic of Korea recently travelled to the United States to study several public works projects, including the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI). The delegation was comprised of 18 senior officials from the Transportation, Environment, and Urban Planning Departments within the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Their visit began with DDOT Supervisory Engineer Huntae Kim and AWI Technical Director Richard Staudinger providing an overview presentation of the history and purpose of the AWI Program.
Following the presentation and a brief Q&A session, the delegation participated in a driving tour through much of the AWI Program area and made stops at several key AWI transportation projects, including the 11th Street Bridge, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and the privately constructed Yards Park segment of the Trail located in the revitalized Navy Yard neighborhood.
The delegation was most interested in discussing the innovative and environmentally friendly design features used on AWI transportation projects, such as these bioswales, which utilize a unique selection of plant species to help filter containments out of stormwater runoff before it reaches the District’s drainage system and/or the Anacostia River.
The visit was beneficial to all involved and it reinforces DDOT’s status as an innovative global leader in the transportation industry.