Connecticut Avenue Streetscape Update

The Department of Transportation (DDOT) comprehensive study, a component of the Streetscape Project, was completed in November 2013. It contained recommendations for future improvements, including an urgent need to address the unsafe conditions at the Connecticut Avenue/Porter Street/Quebec Street intersection. This particular recommendation has been bundled into the streetscape project and is being coordinated by DDOT. Click here to view the report direct from the Study website.

There are a few components of the $1.5 million dollar streetscape project that remain — namely, tree box completion, changes to the Newark Street geometry at Connecticut Avenue, and street furniture. Some young trees have recently been planted. CPCA will continue to monitor the remaining work.

What else is happening on Connecticut Avenue?

The commercial area now has wonderful banners designed, installed, and maintained by the Cleveland Park Business Association.

For years the community has expressed concern regarding the unsafe and unattractive sand bags around Metro’s grates. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh’s office has coordinated a new multi-pronged effort to identify and resolve the flooding problem. The solution involves several public agencies and Federal Realty, owners of the Park ‘n’ Shop. Two meetings of all the stakeholders have already occurred, and plans are progressing.The storm water management initiative is separate from the study/streetscape projects, but all projects are being coordinated within DDOT. DDOT is hopeful that the public and private work needed to capture the excess water and remove the sandbags will be completed in late 2014 early 2015.