District Department of Transportation just published an article featuring the completion of Connecticut Avenue Overlook, a pocket park at the tip of Connecticut Avenue on the south side of Dupont Circle.
This project is a pilot project that features Pavegen pavers, a pioneering flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from people’s footsteps into electricity. The energy is stored in batteries that illuminate accent lights in the park from dusk to dawn. Made from recycled polymer and truck tires, the pavers are both durable and eco-friendly. The pilot project was funded by a $200,000 DC Office of Planning Sustainable DC Innovation Challenge grant.
“From streetlights to traffic signals and now pavers, DDOT is fully embracing sustainable technology,” said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo. “The improvements at Connecticut Avenue Overlook are just the latest examples of our commitment to innovative infrastructure as we strive to make the District one of the nation’s premier cities for smart technology.” Read full article here.
FMCC had the opportunity to install the kinetic pavers along with new street lighting, traffic signals, and asphalt roadway paving.