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Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study

Connecticut Ave NW

Project Summary

The Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study will assess the multi-modal (vehicular, transit, bicycle, pedestrian) operational and safety impacts associated with either removing or maintaining the current reversible lane system along Connecticut Avenue NW. The study effort will require the development of up to five concept recommendations, incorporating at least one no-build management option and one protected bicycle lane option.

The overall period of performance for Phase I of this study is nine months. Phase II of the study will consist of a 6-month performance period and may be executed by District Department of Transportation (DDOT) based on NEPA requirements should the removal of the reversible lanes be recommended.

DDOT will provide multiple points of active public engagement throughout the study process, including but not limited to, interagency coordination, citizen advisory/public meetings, stakeholder meetings and synchronization with other DDOT projects within the corridor.

The project review will include an assessment of effects pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). DDOT is inviting anyone who is interested to participate in the Section 106 process as a consulting party.

Study Area

Primary and Secondary Study Areas

The Connecticut Ave study area corridor is located within northwest Washington, DC and is approximately 2.7 miles long. The corridor is a diverse mix of residential, commercial and educational uses. The primary study area consists of Connecticut Avenue from Legation Street to Calvert Street, NW and includes 24 signalized intersections. In addition, the secondary study area will consider operational impacts on Massachusetts Avenue to the west, Broad Brand Road to the east, Dupont Circle to the south and Western Avenue to the north.

Connecticut Ave Study Area Map

Project History

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is studying the feasibility of removing the reversible lane system as part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Per the findings of the previous 2003 DDOT study, there is renewed community interest in reviewing the reversible lane system and exploring concepts for other mobility options such as bike lanes. This study will explore existing conditions and associated effects related to alternative scenarios for the current configuration of Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Project Goals and Benefits

The goals and benefits for the Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lane Safety and Operations Study project include the following:

  • Reduce crashes and conflict points and enhance safety for all modes and roadway users
  • Consider additional mobility options along the corridor, such protected bicycle lanes
  • Assess the feasibility of removing Reversible Lane Operation
  • Determine the feasibility of reducing capacity along Connecticut Avenue and that effect on adjacent roadways

Project Schedule

The overall period of performance for Phase I of this study is nine months. Phase II of the study will consist of a 6-month performance period and may be executed by DDOT based on NEPA requirements should the removal of the reversible lanes be recommended.

Public Involvement

Throughout the duration of the project, DDOT and the project team will engage internal and external stakeholders through ANC meetings, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, civic association meetings, and interagency meetings via the project’s website, and other tools, as appropriate. Project presentation, notes, and other materials will be linked below.

DDOT will host two (2) public meetings for the project. The first public meeting will be held in fall 2020 at a public location within the study area. Details to follow.

Stakeholder Engagement Timeline

Get Involved

For more information, please email [email protected].