New Project: MOT Plan in Downtown DC

A Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan is underway for a new development at 1700 M St. NW in D.C. The development is led by Skanska USA Commercial Development, Inc.

Development in downtown D.C. comes with inherent challenges. Perhaps none more so than traffic control.

In pre-pandemic times the annual average daily traffic adjacent to Skanska’s new development at 1700 M Street N.W. totaled more than 21,000 vehicles. When you add in pedestrians, cyclists, and even scooter riders, the traffic volume surges.

So, how can the project team establish a safe and efficient work zone that doesn’t disrupt or endanger the motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians that traverse the surrounding streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes?

A Maintenance of Traffic Plan (MOT) is the solution.

That’s where we come in. To ensure the safety of the traveling public and construction crews, we are working with Skanska to develop a Maintenance of Traffic plan.

What exactly is a Maintenance of Traffic plan?

An MOT plan, also referred to as a traffic control plan, details the safe and efficient movement of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles through and/or around a construction work zone. MOT plans aim to limit disruption experienced by the traveling public while simultaneously protecting workers, properties, and equipment. Ideally, an MOT allows all to pass safely and efficiently through a work zone in a manner comparable to typical street situations.

When is a Maintenance of Traffic plan required?

An MOT plan is required whenever work activities impact a public right-of-way such as a highway, roadway, alley, sidewalk, bike lane, etc.

For developers in Washington, D.C., most projects require an MOT. It’s difficult to build in an urban setting like DC without somehow impacting a sideway, roadway, alley, or bike lane.

In Virginia and Maryland, the other two jurisdictions serviced by our team, MOT plans are also standard and required by state and county officials for projects impacting a public right of way.

How can a Maintenance of Traffic plan help our clients?

For starters, our clients can begin construction. Without a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) approved Maintenance of Traffic Plan, projects cannot move ahead with construction. Secondly, a well-designed and compliant MOT will help our clients avoid construction delays and provide its workers with the safest possible work environment throughout the entirety of the project. And lastly, a comprehensive MOT plan can endear our clients with the traveling public as they safely bypass the work zone with limited disruption to their daily commutes.

Need a Maintenance of Traffic plan?

We’re here to help you with your traffic control needs. Our in-house staff possesses Advanced Work Zone Safety Certifications and can assist you with Maintenance of Traffic design as well as Traffic Control CAD Drafting.

Contact us today to discuss your project!

About DFM Development Services, LLC.

DFM Development Services, LLC provides development support services to real estate developers, contractors, home builders, property managers, and owners in the Washington, D.C. metro region. With strong connections to jurisdictional authorities throughout DC, Virginia, and Maryland, our experienced team can help you cut through the red tape of real estate development. Our core services include Bond Management, Permit Expediting, Environmental Compliance, Dry Utility Coordination, and Traffic Control Services.

Contact us today at or 703-942-8700 to request a proposal and/or discuss your next project.

About DFM

DFM Development Services is the leading Red Tape Consultancy in the DC Metro Region, specializing in navigating complex and time-consuming regulatory processes for Real Estate Development and AEC Industry Professionals.

From expediting complex building permits and the bond release process to ensuring environmental compliance and precise dry utility design, our tailor-made approach empowers you to confidently move forward with your project, knowing you’ve successfully met all compliance requirements.

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