Connecticut Avenue underpass park will cost D.C. $10 million

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - What an artist imagined for DuPont circle in 1950 is much different than the hustle and bustle we see today. But developer Michael Kain is trying to turn back the clock.

Kain's vision is to cover the concrete and cars of Connecticut Avenue with a park built over the underpass. That plan to reshape the look of one of D.C.'s most well-known public spaces is moving forward. The D.C. Council has already approved $10 million for the project based on a contractor estimate.

"Our capital budget is hundreds of millions of dollars every year so it's something we can afford and should afford," Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans said. "I think it's going to be tremendous for the neighborhood. It really brings together the two sides of Connecticut Avenue."

There's no dispute that a new park would beautify the area, but the project could get ugly for drivers. The District's department of transportation didn't respond to a request for comment, so drivers may have to wait until work begins to find out how their commute will be affected. Construction could start as soon as October, once the money becomes available.

"You see all the cranes and we know all these apartment buildings and office spaces going up," District resident Michael Burke said. "It will be nice to have a little bit of greenery."