DDOT states that the purpose of the Connecticut Avenue NW Multimodal & Safety Project is to reduce crashes while enhancing safety for all modes, and to support the District’s commitment to its Vision Zero initiative. The project area extends 2.7 miles along Connecticut Avenue NW from Calvert Street NW to Legation Street NW, along the path where the reversible lanes operated.
On March 19, 2020, the official start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) deactivated the operation of the Connecticut Avenue peak hour reversible lanes.
According to DDOT, Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Operations and Safety Study was initiated in December 2019. Data analysis, concept development and evaluation, traffic forecasts and operations analysis were conducted between Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. Throughout 2020 and early 2021, approximately 40 stakeholder and agency presentations took place prior to Public Meeting No. 1 that occurred on March 30th and April 1, 2021. comment period for Public Meeting No. 1 concluded on May 8, 2021. The Mayor and DDOT announced a decision on December 15, 2021 for a preferred concept. Concept C is the preferred concept and will be advanced to the design phase. Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Operations and Safety Study was initiated in December 2019. Data analysis, concept development and evaluation, traffic forecasts and operations analysis were conducted between Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. Throughout 2020 and early 2021, approximately 40 stakeholder and agency presentations took place prior to Public Meeting No. 1 that occurred on March 30th and April 1, 2021. comment period for Public Meeting No. 1 concluded on May 8, 2021.
ANC 3/4G held a properly noticed public meeting on April 26, 2021 to discuss the Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Study and DDOT’s Proposed Alternatives. The Commission voted to support Concept C in its resolution, “ANC 3/4G Resolution Regarding DDOT’s Connecticut Avenue Reversible Lane Study Supporting Concept C.” Chair Randy Speck provided his individual comments on April 28, 2021 as a supplement to the Commission’s resolution which can be found here. The other three Ward 3 ANCs (ANC 3C, 3E, and 3F) also voted to support Concept C–a news article can be found here.
The reversible lanes will not be reactivated. The recommendation to permanently remove the reversible lanes is included in the preferred alternative, Concept C, which was officially approved by the Mayor and DDOT on December 15, 2021. You can find the Mayor’s announcement here. Concept C is the preferred concept and will be advanced to the design phase.
The project removes the peak hour, peak direction reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue, adds protected one-way protected bicycle lanes on each side of the street, adds left and right turn lanes at signalized intersections, adds pedestrian refuge islands, evaluates all bus stop locations holistically along the Corridor, considers the addition of HAWK signals at various locations, reduces the posted speed limit on Connecticut Avenue from 30 mph to 25 mph, plus other safety improvements.
DDOT’s project page can be found here.
Two public meetings will be held in June for DDOT to provide an update on the project, present information regarding the selected concept (Concept C), and introduce the project elements. The public meetings provide an opportunity for the public to provide input on the preliminary elements of Concept C prior to the initiation of the design phase. The public notice for these meetings can be found here.
For your convenience, the public meeting schedule is provided below for both the virtual meeting and the in-person meeting.
–> What: Connecticut Avenue NW Reversible Lanes and Multimodal Safety Project Public Meeting
When: Virtual Public Meeting – Tuesday, June 28, 2022
General Meeting: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Where: Join through Webex
Attendee Meeting Link: rebrand.ly/ConnAveRevStudy
Webinar Number: 2313 486 8372
Webinar Password: June28!
Call-In Instructions for Dial-in Option (audio only):
Dial the US Toll – Washington D.C. Phone Number: +1-202-860-2110
Dial the meeting’s Access Code: 2313 486 8372, followed by the # key.
The Webex system will prompt you for an Attendee ID, this is not required.
Press the # key to join the meeting.
***The virtual meeting will also be broadcast live on DDOT’s Facebook Page***
–> When: In-Person Public Meeting Wednesday, June 29, 2022
General Meeting: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
The meeting will be held in the Student Center Building, 3rd Floor Ballroom
Nearest Metro Station is Van Ness-UDC Metro Stop on the Red Line
L2 Chevy Chase Circle Bus also drops off directly outside the Student Center
For more information about the project, please contact DDOT Project Manager Ed Stollof at Edward.Stollof@dc.gov or Deputy Project Manager Cynthia Lin at Cynthia.Lin@dc.gov. Please visit the project website at ddot.dc.gov/page/connecticut-avenue-nw-reversible-lane-safety-and-operations-study.