Arial photo of the I-295 Malcolm X Interchange

(Washington DC) – The Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin construction on the I-295/Malcolm X Interchange Improvement Project on or about September 4, 2018, weather permitting.

Improvements will be made between Firth Sterling Ave, SE on the north, and the South Capitol Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE intersection to the south. The project scope of work includes bridges, retaining walls, reconfiguration of interchanges, storm drainage, lighting, extensive landscaping, continuous shared use path, and other related improvements.

The DDOT team will communicate with residents, ANC commissioners, civic organization leaders, businesses, and other stakeholders to provide periodic updates on the status of the project.


Beginning Friday, May 24th, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will reduce the speed limit from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour on the section of I-295 between the area south of Exit 1: US Naval Research Laboratory and the area south of East Capitol Street – see map below.

The speed reduction is being implemented to help protect all workers and ensure that all drivers operate in a consistent and safe manner while traveling through the corridor encompassing five active construction projects.

Multiple signs will be posted along the I-295 corridor to alert motorists to changes in the speed limit. Drivers are advised to stay alert while traveling through these locations and to be observant of personnel.

For more information about DDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve the 295 corridor, visit or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.