About the Study

Study Goals and Objectives:

The overarching goal of the Far Southeast III Livability Study is to promote safe travel for residents of and visitors to the study area, and to improve the operational efficiency of the transportation network for all modes of travel.

The primary objectives of the study are as follows:

  • Devise a neighborhood-wide comprehensive approach (system management) for the implementation of traffic calming and operational improvements
  • Identify specific issues that impact safety and accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists as well as freight deliveries
  • Incorporate elements of Low Impact Development infrastructure to enhance stormwater management
  • Design cost-effective and measurable system improvements that benefit all system users
  • Reduce vehicle speed where problems have been measured or observed
  • Emphasize safety and access improvements around public facilities including but not limited to: schools, parks, recreational centers, transit stops and stations, and other key community services
  • Enhance a sense of comfort and livability for residents and visitors to the project area
  • institutions
  • national park
  • business district
  • pedestrian crossings
  • ice arena
  • traffic control

What is a livability study?

Livability is a term that refers to community quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate there. Livability recognizes that strong communities rely on the interplay among key development areas including transportation, public health, housing, cultural resources, and the natural environment. Livability sounds like a buzzword; but it is a big idea. DDOT is taking up the challenge and making it a goal to translate that idea into actual actions. Outcomes will be aimed at on the ground changes such as enhanced pedestrian crossings, more accessible bus stops, geometric adjustments that support intersection safety, increased green spaces, attractive streetscapes, signage for better driver information, updates to traffic signal timing, and speed controls in sensitive areas.

The Study Area

The study area’s boundaries are: East Capitol Street to the north; Southern Avenue SE to the east; Massachusetts Avenue SE to the south; and the Anacostia River to the west. The study area includes the communities of Fort Dupont, Fort Davis, Civic Betterment, Greenway, Benning Ridge, Marshall Heights, and Capitol View. The study area includes Fort Dupont Park - one of the largest parks in the District, and a center of community life.

Study Area