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Parkside Access Study

Study Background

District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) is preparing the Parkside Access and Circulation Study to document an inventory and understanding of the transportation challenges and opportunities for access to and transportation in the Parkside neighborhood and to develop a coherent and cost-effective strategy and set of recommendations to enhance mobility, access, multimodal transportation safety, and other transportation-related challenges. The Parkside neighborhood, bounded by the Anacostia River and the Anacostia Freeway on the west and east, and Kenilworth Park and the PEPCO facility on the north and south, presents some unique transportation challenges and opportunities, and DDOT invites the community to participate throughout the study to assist the study team in developing recommendations to address the full range of transportation needs for the Parkside community.

The overall purpose of the Parkside Access and Circulation Study is to:

  • Increase the community quality of life experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate in the area, and
  • Within the transportation context, explore improvements in the public space that increases safety and access for all users of the transportation system.

The primary goals of the Parkside Access and Circulation Study include:

  • Develop an understanding of access and circulation constraints through data collection, community input, and analysis.
  • Develop a comprehensive listing of planned development and transportation improvements in and adjacent to the Parkside neighborhood.
  • Develop recommendations to address both current and future needs (including support for and management of expected growth and changes to the transportation infrastructure).
  • Analyze and prioritize improvements based on a performance indicator that incorporate the community’s overall goals and objectives.
  • Develop a draft and final Access and Circulation Plan based on transportation analysis of operations, safety, and accessibility, as well as community and stakeholder input.

Study Elements

The study process consists of the following five components:

  • Data Collection, Field Review, and Analysis
  • Transportation and Traffic Operations Analysis
  • Development of Performance Indicators
  • Develop of Access and Circulation Management Options and Recommendations
  • Final Access and Circulation Plan

Community input will be solicited as part of each of the study components.

Study Objectives

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to identifying additional options for access to and from the area.
  • Identify operational improvements for all users living in and visiting the area.
  • Identify specific issues that impact safety and comfort of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists, while also accommodating freight and delivery needs.
  • Design cost-effective and measurable system improvements that benefit all users.
  • Emphasize safety and access improvements around neighborhood facilities including but not limited to: schools, parks, recreation centers, transit stops, and other key community facilities.
  • Enhance comfort and livability for residents and visitors to the project area.

Public Involvement

The Parkside Access and Circulation Study will identify, analyze, and document critical concerns and challenges in creating an effective, efficient, and safe environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists that fosters access and mobility. DDOT will make certain that any and all proposed and implemented plans for this corridor will comply with the federal and local ADA requirements. DDOT will be conducting three public meetings and five (5) Interagency Steering Committee (ISC) within a six (6) month timeframe. The ISC is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders including WMATA, DCHA, DPR, OP, and DDOT. The purpose of the ISC is to work collaboratively to support the Parkside’s community goal for accessibility and circulation. Currently, within the Parkside community and immediately surrounding areas, DDOT is conducting a number of studies and construction projects. While acknowledging and identifying these other studies, it should be noted that this website is focused on the scope of work for the Parkside Access and Circulation Study.

Study Area

The study area is bounded by the Anacostia Freeway to east, the Anacostia River to the west, Benning Road to the south, and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue to the north.

Parkside Access Study Area Map

Project Contact

Gabe Onyeador
Project Manager
[email protected]

Project Hotline: (202) 688 – 0484 Ext. 108


What: Public Meeting #3

When:  Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Where: Educare, 640 Anacostia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019

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Past Public Meetings

Public Meeting #2: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Kickoff Public Meeting:  Saturday, March 9, 2019; 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

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