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Project Profile: D.C. Smart Street Lighting

Project Background: The District has more than 75,000 lights installed on our streets, alleys and other public spaces. The lights use a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a private partner to retrofit the lights with more energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED), install a remote monitoring and control system, and repair and maintain the fixtures under a long-term performance-based contract. This project will also incorporate smart city technologies, installing wireless access points across the District, improving the DC-NET public WiFi program.

To share feedback about the project, please reach out to [email protected]

District Agencies

  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)

Status: In Procurement

Procurement Timeline: A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on June 21, 2017. Respondents provided Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) describing their team and approach to delivering the Project on August 28, 2017. Following the District’s review and evaluation of SOQs, the District will prequalify a number of teams, who will be the only Shortlisted Proposers invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Final technical and performance specifications are currently under development and will be made available in the RFP.

The District hosted an industry forum to discuss this project on January 24-25, 2017 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. It was an opportunity for potential bidders of all sizes and types to learn about the project goals and anticipated procurement process and share their feedback. Please find additional information from the event in the documents below and stay tuned for updates on the project.

Community Engagement:

Recent Public Meetings

In December 2018, OP3, in coordination with DDOT, hosted four public meetings for residents to learn more about the DC Smart Street Lighting Project. Materials from those meetings can be found here:

In March 2018, several community meetings were held to brief residents and other stakeholders on the project. Materials from those meetings can be found here:

In November 2019, DDOT hosted two additional public meetings in open house format in Wards 2 and 4 to collect public comments. These meetings were held in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the requirements of Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act. During the procurement process, there have been public meetings held in all eight wards of the District. The same information was presented at both November meetings and can be found here:

Streetlight Advisory Panel

The Streetlight Advisory Panel is a group of community representatives that meet regularly to be briefed on and discuss key issues of the project. Members are selected by the Mayor and will serve from the Design and Construction phases through the first year of operations. Meetings are open to the public and are typically held on the second Tuesday of every month at DDOT headquarters at 55 M Street SE. Agendas for upcoming meetings and past meeting minutes can be found here: