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AWI Transportation Projects

Progress You Can See Every Day

Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, or AWI, transportation projects are planned, implemented and maintained by the District Department of Transportation. Projects included in DDOT’s AWI Program are improving multi-modal travel throughout the waterfront, the District and the region; better connecting communities to the river and one another; fostering opportunities for jobs and economic development; and contributing to a cleaner environment. Each plays an important role in the District’s progress in creating a truly world-class waterfront in our nation’s capital.


Freeway signs on 11th Street bridge

11th Street Bridge

By far the largest District Department of Transportation project underway, the $390 million 11th Street Bridge Project is critical to improving travel and achieving the larger vision of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

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Sign for the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail serves as a backbone of the Anacostia Waterfront, connecting residents, visitors and communities to the river, one another and numerous commercial and recreational destinations.

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Kenilworth Trail Bridge Rendering

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail -
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment

The much-anticipated Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is the missing link in an almost 60-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails between the District of Columbia and Maryland, bringing economic, health and other benefits to nearby communities.

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Barney Circle

Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard
Transportation Planning Study

The Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard Project will reconstruct Barney Circle from a misnomer into a true traffic circle, while transforming the easternmost dead-end section of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway into a boulevard between the circle and 11th Street, SE.

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Photograph of traffic on M Street

M Street SE/SW Transportation Study

The M Street SE/SW Transportation Study is identifying current and future transportation challenges and ways to address them within a roughly 1.7-square-mile area along M Street SE/SW, and the Southwest waterfront from 12th Street, SE to 14th Street, SW and from the Southwest/Southeast Freeway south to the Anacostia River/Washington Channel.

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Pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Parkside Pedestrian Bridge

The Parkside Pedestrian Bridge will provide safe, well-lit, disabilities-accessible pedestrian and bicycle travel between neighborhoods and a local Metro station now separated by DC 295 and two sets of railroad tracks just north of the Benning Road interchange.

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schematic of redesigned Penn-Potomac intersection

Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue
SE Intersection Pedestrian Safety Study

The Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenues Project proposes to convert the intersection of these streets and 14th Street SE into a roundabout that makes pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle travel safer and more efficient.

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Rending of river crossing portion of S. Capitol street

South Capitol Street Corridor -
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

The South Capitol Street Corridor Project calls for transforming an urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that increases pedestrian and vehicular safety, improves multi-modal transportation options, increases community accessibility and supports economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.

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South Capitol Street Trail

The South Capitol Street Trail Project will extend the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail into the southernmost areas of the District of Columbia, filling a bicycle and pedestrian travel void for local communities, employment centers, and regional trail network.

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