Local residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on the future of Southeast Boulevard, as the District continues its work to integrate the road to fit with the revitalization of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.
The D.C. Department of Transportation’s Planning and Sustainability Administration will host a public workshop on Dec. 11 as part of an environmental assessment of proposed changes to the four-lane thoroughfare, which stretches from Barney Circle to 11th Street Southeast.
Southeast Boulevard in D.C. was part of the Interstate Highway System until 2012, when it was reclassified as an arterial road. This reclassification has allowed District officials to reconsider how the road can be reimagined to fit in with plans to revitalize the Anacostia River waterfront.
The road presents a de facto barrier between the Anacostia River and the neighborhood to the north. The District says it wants to turn the road into an “urban boulevard consistent with the expected multimodal travel demand and the character of the adjacent neighborhood.”
Redevelopment of Southeast Boulevard has been under discussion for several years. The District started an environmental assessment in 2013 but paused before the city could determine the project purpose and need.
The D.C. Office of Planning conducted a study of the road between 2014 and 2016 and presented concept plans for the area, which received mixed reviews. The D.C. Department of Transportation also performed a feasibility study in 2016.
This latest environmental assessment will explore biking and walking options for Southeast Boulevard and how they connect to trails and roads in the vicinity.
District officials have proposed the following changes to the road and surrounding streets:Reconfiguring it to the same elevation as L Street SE.
- Adding features such as sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street trees, on-street parking, and green infrastructure.
- Creating a surplus of transportation right-of-way to allow for additional uses of land, such as neighborhood development parks.
- Extending 13th, 14th, and 15th Streets SE to connect Southeast Boulevard
- Pedestrian and bicycle links to the waterfront
- And underground bus transit support facility with bus access from 11th Street SE and/or Barney Circle.
Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Chamberlain Elementary School, 1345 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.