Connecticut Avenue Median
Connecticut Avenue is a key corridor in the District of Columbia and is an iconic street that connects the White House to Dupont Circle. The Golden Triangle BID's Streetscape Enhancement Project has turned 8,000 square feet of impervious surface into green space with a beautifully landscaped median from K Street to Jefferson Place.
Along the median, the BID rotates the plantings throughout the year with eye-catching, colorful flowers, grasses and trees to reflect the changing seasons. In partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the BID adorned the median with a public art installation of programmable lights that change color as well as cascade down the avenue providing strong visual appeal to this world-class destination.
The construction of the median was funded by the District Department of Transportation and designed to improve pedestrian safety by providing 10-12 foot landing areas for persons crossing the six lanes of Connecticut Avenue. The median also serves as a barricade to prevent mid-block U-turns, helps reduce storm water runoff and the heat island effect.
The BID was honored to have Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmember Jack Evans and other city officials present at the inaugural lighting of the median.
The next phase of the streetscape project is already underway with sidewalk improvements along the east side of the avenue.