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Kathleen Penney

Principal in Charge

Revitalizing river waterfront and urban neighborhoods in a nation’s capital.

Project Overview

The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) promises to revitalize the Anacostia Waterfront area by creating a hub of economic development and bringing thousands of new jobs, residents and visitors. This exciting project will restore the long-neglected Anacostia Waterfront, reconnecting neighborhoods and showcasing their historic and cultural identity.

Aimed to leverage private investment in the economy and provide a cleaner river environment, the initiative offers residents and businesses blocks of revitalized urban areas through multi-modal transportation, waterfront parks and recreation areas. Serving as the spine of the economic revitalization, the transportation infrastructure is connecting new mixed-use development areas along key corridors. The conversion of highways to urban boulevards, improved connectivity between neighborhoods and the elimination of regional travelers from local streets is improving development opportunities, commuter traffic flow and quality of life for local residents.

AWI is a trailblazing endeavor that is removing physical barriers and opening a gateway to the future by transforming a once disconnected and deficient urban environment. 

 

Key facts

50K+

District residents live within a 10-minute walk from the Anacostia River

28

miles of riverside trails for residents and visitors in D.C. and the state of Maryland to enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial

More than anything, community and stakeholder involvement has been a key component of the initiative. Especially the highly-engaged collaboration between federal and District of Columbia government agencies working to bring this complex and intricate vision to life.

Kathleen Linehan
Principal in Charge
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment Amtrak bridge undercrossing
  • Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
  • East Oval and I-295 Interchange
  • Bird’s eye view at New York Avenue and US50

Meet the team

What was involved?

Integrating multiple transportation, land use and land development initiatives and bolstering neighborhood livability in the nation’s capital.

Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Providing industry-leading oversight and support by seamlessly managing a robust transport project portfolio and amplifying resources to help achieve the District Department of Transportation’s mixed-use development needs

Helping to transform the South Capitol Street Corridor by providing preliminary engineering to revitalize an urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that maximizes community accessibility and boosts economic development

Focusing on quality and safety through roadway and bridge design for numerous transportation aspects to improve neighborhood livability

Tapping into our catalogue of experience to aid important tasks such as environmental documentation, highway and traffic safety, innovative infrastructure funding solutions and public involvement

Community impact

In an unprecedented partnership among 19 federal and District of Columbia government agencies, the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative is bringing communities together and residents to the doors of new businesses. We’re working alongside the District Department of Transportation on this visionary urban revitalization, helping to transform neighborhoods in the nation’s capital and create lasting legacies by amplifying their unique strengths.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
In Detail
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

A trailblazing urban revitalization initiative

Setting the stage for urban revitalization around the nation, the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative is reconnecting neighborhoods and showcasing their historic and cultural identity

The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is a unique and pioneering program that’s putting residents and local businesses first by restoring long-neglected neighborhoods and showcasing their historic and cultural identity.

Key to this visionary urban setting is the transportation infrastructure, playing a lead role in reconnecting neighborhoods and boosting the local economy. As the spine of the community, the multi-modal transportation portfolio encompasses the conversion of highways to urban boulevards, improved connectivity between neighborhoods and the elimination of regional travelers from local streets is improving development opportunities, commuter traffic flow and quality of life for local residents.

From environmental documentation and preliminary engineering, to overall consulting and program management, our local experts are working side-by-side with the District Department of Transportation to advance AWI’s transportation projects. Specifically, we’re overseeing planning, design, environmental compliance, financial management, public and community involvement, right-of-way management, constructability reviews, construction management, civic engagement, civil rights and minority business promotion, intermodal planning and support, and utility negotiations and agreements. Our fingerprints can be found on the South Capitol Street Corridor, the 11th Street Bridge, the Riverwalk Trail and more.

We’re truly excited about these improvements not just because we love an engineering challenge, but because these neighborhoods, parks and roads are at our backdoors. Who better to help deliver than the people who will benefit from the final product?