Project Overview


Through this project, DDOT aims to provide a new, multi-modal streetscape along Connecticut Avenue, starting on the north side of Dupont Circle and continuing up to California Street NW, a distance of approximately 2,600 feet.  This new street design will include new bicycle and pedestrian amenities, potential changes to traffic patterns to make the corridor more pedestrian-friendly, and new green infrastructure elements.  As part of this project, DDOT will also design a plaza over the Connecticut Avenue underpass to create a multi-use public space between Dupont Circle and Q Street NW.  This work ties into DDOT’s recent streetscape improvements just south of Dupont Circle by connecting the north-south pedestrian and bicycle corridor along Connecticut Avenue.

Dupont Circle is a commercial destination, with restaurants, bars, salons, boutiques, small businesses, national chains, hotels, religious institutions, and office buildings.  It is also where many residents of the the District’s Ward 2 call home. Visitors come by metro, car, bike and foot to enjoy the neighborhood’s unique character and participate in local events, a weekly farmers market, and connect to other parts of the District.  As part of DDOT’s mission, this project will enhance the quality of life for residents and sustain the environment, while increasing safety through planning and engineering solutions in line with DC’s Vision Zero plan.

DDOT’s proposed deck-over plaza between Dupont Circle and Q Street NW will create a new public space for everyday activities–eating lunch, reading the paper, or playing with your kids–as well as a space for special events such as a farmer’s market, movies, music, plays, and art and cultural events. The plaza would still enable existing vehicle on Connecticut Ave under the circle, and will connect the east and west sides of Connecticut through a pedestrian-only crossing.

Additional streetscape improvements north along Connecticut Ave will enhance pedestrian, bicycle, transit and vehicular travel along the corridor by rebuilding curbs, gutters, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps, and provide intersection improvements to enhance operations and safety for all roadway users. Improvements may also include curb bulb-outs and pedestrian refuge islands, improved drainage structures, and new streetlights, traffic signals, and crosswalks. The project will include new green infrastructure elements, as well as street furniture, trees and landscaping to provide a more sustainable and comfortable streetscape environment.

Study Area

The study area includes Connecticut Avenue NW from Dupont Circle north to California Street NW, passing through Ward 1 and Ward 2.  Improvements will extend a half block East/West on all through-streets.


Dupont Circle is located primarily in Ward 2, with sections of the project area touching Ward 1. On the Metro red line, Dupont Circle is also a prominent connection to other neighborhoods like West End, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, Logan Circle and Farragut North.  conn-ave-location-map-1-e1512317694432.jpg


As part of DDOT’s mission, this project will:

  • Enhance the quality of life for residents in the area
  • Sustain the surrounding environment
  • Increase safety through planning and engineering solutions in line with DC’s Vision Zero plan.