Second Meeting for the Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study Held

Nov 25, 2013 | Posted in Project Updates

About 160 people attended the second public meeting for the Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Payne Elementary School.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) hosted the meeting to get community feedback on design concepts that were updated based on comments received at and since the study’s first public meeting held on February 21, 2013.

Following a short presentation, staff fielded questions from the audience then used concept display boards to hold small groups discussions with attendees.

The concepts illustrate ways to transform the Southeast Freeway between 11th Street SE and Barney Circle into a boulevard that integrates with adjacent neighborhoods and provides new connections to the Anacostia River. Other study aspects include reconstructing Barney Circle to accommodate vehicle turning movements, improving pedestrian and bicyclist access to the river, and evaluating design options that consider multi-modal transportation uses. To view the meeting presentation and handouts, please click here. Please email comments on the concepts to

The Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study is one in a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (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 about the study please visit the Barney Circle Project page here at To join the project or AWI community contact list or ask questions, please email or call 202-741-8528.


  1. PAT TAYLOR December 1, 2013

    This Nov. 21, 2013 meeting at the Payne School was “standing room only.” Former ANC commissioner counted 210 adults in attendance.

  2. MICHELLE GREEN December 3, 2013

    There were well over 200 people in that room. And we were not given sufficient Q&A time after the presentations. Most people we talked to were strongly against the multi-modal PARKING that you don’t even mention in the above description of the meeting. The DDOT are hiding the fact that they want to put a tour bus parking facility right beside our homes. UNACCEPTABLE!

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