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What is the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, or AWI?
The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is 30-year, $10 billion program transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. Led by the District of Columbia government and embraced by 19 regional and federal agency partners, the bold initiative is restoring the health of the Anacostia River and revitalizing neighboring areas.…
What are the Key Elements of the AWI?
The AWI is focused on five mutually-reinforcing goals:
Restore the Environment – A Clean and Active River: Charting the course for environmental healing and rejuvenation involves eliminating pollution, controlling run-off, restoring streams and wetlands and promoting water-based activities
Connect with Transportation – Breaking Down Barriers and Gaining Access: Rethinking the design of transportation infrastructure to gain multi-modal access to waterfront lands and to better serve neighborhoods
Play in Parks – A Great Riverfront Park System: The District’s series of isolated parks should become a system of interconnected and continuous waterfront spaces that attract residents and visitors to gather and play.…
What are Key Transportation Goals of AWI?
The primary goals of AWI’s transportation agenda include:
Providing continuous pedestrian and bicycle access along the entire waterfront
Promoting the use of alternative transportation choices and public transit
Beautifying streetscapes by integrating mixed-use development landscaping and civic spaces
Creating distinctive bridges that serve as gateways across the Anacostia River
Redesigning highways and freeways to reduce transportation barriers between neighborhoods and the water
Reconnecting the city street grid to waterfront parks…
What Has DDOT Accomplished Since AWI was Launched In 2000?
Among other progress, DDOT’s most significant advances include:
11th Street Bridge Project – As of spring 2012, two new freeway bridges were open to traffic, with a third local bridge slated for opening in mid 2012. Ramps connecting the freeway bridges to and from the north on DC 295 will in Fall 2012.…