Revitalizing river waterfront and urban neighborhoods in a nation’s capital.
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.
District residents live within a 10-minute walk from the Anacostia River
miles of riverside trails for residents and visitors in D.C. and the state of Maryland to enjoy
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.
Meet the team
It’s quite amazing to see the transportation components coming together right before our eyes. You can see the results of connected communities, improved development opportunities and a more inclusive and sustainable 21st century city.
What was involved?
Integrating multiple transportation, land use and land development initiatives and bolstering neighborhood livability in the nation’s capital.
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
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.
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?