Benning Road Extension



As part of the ongoing Benning Road and Bridges Transportation Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has initiated a preliminary design project aimed at
improving the Benning Road corridor to safely and efficiently accommodate all modes of transportation. The Benning Road Reconstruction and Streetcar Extension Project will begin preliminary design to improve safety
conditions and operations, address deficiencies in infrastructure, and provide additional transit options in Ward 7, Ward 5, and along the approximately two miles of Benning Road NE from Oklahoma Avenue NE to
East Capitol Street. This includes:

  • Enhancing safety and operations along the corridor and at key intersections
  • Improving transportation infrastructure conditions
  • Rehabilitating roadways and bridges that cross the Anacostia River, DC-295, and CSX freight rail tracks
  • Enhancing and installing pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Extending DC Streetcar transit service to the Benning Road Metrorail station

Community needs, preferences, and input voiced during past studies—including the DC Transit Future System Plan, DDOT Benning Road Streetcar Extension Study, and Benning Road Corridor Redevelopment
Framework Plan and EA—will help shape and inform the project to improve access, operations, and safety for all users along the Benning Road corridor. Public involvement will be continuous throughout this next phase of the project, which seeks to connect Ward 7 and Ward 5 neighborhoods to employment, activity centers, the regional Metrorail system, and multimodal transportation services at Union Station.


The new website for the Benning Road Reconstruction Project is here.

September 2019 Materials:
Benning Extension Fact Sheet
Benning Extension Poster
Benning Extension Rack Card



A Feasibility Study for this extension was completed in Spring 2013, in advance of a formal environmental study. Materials from the two public meetings held during this study and the final report can be found in the Project Library.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) began in December 2013. Meeting materials from the 2014 public meetings are also available online in the Project Library.