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11th Street Bridge Project Newsletter_June_2012

11th Street Bridge Project Newsletter_June_2012

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11
TH
 
STREET
 
BRIDGE
 
PROJECT
 
NEWSLETTER
 
Spring
 
2012
 
1301
 
M
 
St.
 
SE
 
 
Washington
 
DC
 
20003
 
 
202.484.2300
 
www.anacos
awaterfront.org
 
Getting it Done! - New River Bridges Open with Fanfare
n December 16, 2011, a rib-bon cutting celebration full offanfare and pomp was heldfor the opening of the two newfreeway bridges across the AnacostiaRiver. The celebration held on thenew, 11th Street Inbound FreewayBridge (I-695 WB) was attended bymore than 60 persons, including localand federal dignitaries. The Honora-ble Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of Wash-ington DC, opened the ceremony byacknowledging and thanking every-one involved in the project for reach-ing such a momentous milestone.“Just two years after constructionbegan, we have already arrived atthis important juncture,” said MayorGray. Following the ribbon-cuttingceremony, the first car traveled alongthe new inbound I-695 bridge the fol-lowing day. Approximately twoweeks following the opening of theinbound bridge, the outbound bridgeopened for traffic.The opening of these bridgesmarked a continued commitment bythe project to deliver the new infra-structure with the least impact to thetraveling public. By locating the newriver bridges between the existingfootprint of the old bridges, the con-tractor was able to fully construct thenew river bridges without significantlydisrupting traffic on the old bridges.The opening of these bridges markeda milestone in the 11th Street project.The celebration wasn’t over for theproject by any means! On May 24,2012, the local 11th Street bridge wasopen in an interim condition connect-ing the communities of Historic Ana-costia and Capitol Hill. By this Fall,relief will come to neighborhoods asthe missing ramps to/from north-bound DC-295 from I-695 will becompleted. By Winter 2012/2013, allsignificant construction associatedwith the project east of the AnacostiaRiver will be completed - including thenew ramps from 11th Street to DC-295/I-295 & the new pedestrianshared use path across the river.
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 The 11th Street Project continues todeliver the necessary infrastructureimprovements while maintaining itscommitment of minimally impactingresidents, motorists and other im-portant stakeholders. Since theopening of the new freeway bridges,traffic along the corridor has im-proved, and both local and regionalcommuters are awaiting the comple-tion of this project.
The River
 
Work continues in the river withthe construction of the local 11thStreet Bridge. On May 24, 2012, thelocal bridge was open in a interimcondition to allow the contractor tobegin the demolition of the existingoutbound bridge. Once the demoli-tion of the superstructure begins, theexisting river piers will be convertedfor use as overlooks along the localbridge. The overlooks will provide aview of Capitol Hill and a place toview the regattas along the river. 
East of the River
While work seems to be wrappingup in the river, work continues on fin-ishing bridges and ramps that willmake the connection into the newlocal 11th Street corridor. Once thenew local bridge was opened, thecurrent 13th Street ramp onto the11th Street Inbound Freeway Bridge(I-695 WB) was permanently closed.During this time, local traffic will bedirected along Martin Luther King, JrRoad and Good Hope Road to ac-cess the Freeway.Since the 13th Street ramp hasclosed, work can proceed to finishconstructing the missing interstateramps connecting I-695 and DC-295
West of the River
Work continues on the new in-bound bridge over I-695 (SE/SWFreeway) and the associated rampmovements. On May 18th, the newoutbound interstate connection rampfrom 11th and M Streets opened. Inaddition, the new ramp connectionfrom 11th Street to westbound I-695(SE/SW Freeway) will be opened bythe 4th of July.
Project Completion
In April 2012, the District Depart-ment of Transportation (DDOT) au-thorized the current Design/BuildContractor, Skanska/Facchina – JointVenture (SFJV), to proceed with engi-neering and preconstruction servicesof the remaining portion of the 11
th
 Street Bridge Project. This phase, sonamed Project Completion, will com-plete all of the movements identifiedin the Record of Decision issued bythe Federal Highway Administrationand replace all of the infrastructurealong I-695. Key elements of ProjectCompletion include the following:
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Providing an additional evacua-tion route out of the city by provid-ing an additional lane eastbound(outbound) on I-695.
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Providing an new interchangealong I-695 at 11th Street, SE.
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Restoring the local street connec-tivity by converting a portion ofSoutheast/Southwest freeway,east of 11th Street to a boulevard,and extending 12th Street, SE tothe new boulevard section.
 
Construction is anticipated tobegin on this portion of the project inSummer of 2012 with an estimatedcompletion of Winter 2015. Thisschedule is subject to change, socontinue to check the newsletter forschedule updates.
 
1301
 
M
 
St.
 
SE
 
 
Washington
 
DC
 
20003
 
 
202.484.2300
 
www.anacos
awaterfront.org
 
11
th
Street Bridge Project Continues to Deliver Progress as Promised...
 
 
 
1301
 
M
 
St.
 
SE
 
 
Washington
 
DC
 
20003
 
 
202.484.2300
 
www.anacos
awaterfront.org
 
As part of the 11th Street Bridge Project, the DistrictDepartment of Transportation will route Anacostia traf-fic accessing WB I-695 (SE/SW Freeway) as shown onthe map. Access via the 13th Street SE Ramp will bepermanently removed. This detour is temporary untilthe new ramp from 11th Street to WB I-695 opens be-fore July 4th. Regional motorists are strongly urged tofind alternative routes until the missing ramp from SBDC-295 to the 11th Street Inbound Freeway Bridge (I-695 WB) is opened, also by July 4th.
Option No. 1
Inbound Anacostia traffic heading to I-695 (SE/SWFreeway) will be routed to NB Martin Luther King Jr.Avenue and proceed inbound on the Local 11th StreetBridge then turn right on to O Street; Left on to 12thStreet; Left on to M Street right on to11th Street; Lefton to I Street; and proceed on Virginia Avenue to 3rdStreet ramp to access Southeast/Southwest Freeway.As an alternative to I Street and Virginia Avenue, trafficcan continue on M Street and proceed to 3rd Streetramp to access I-695 (SE/SW Freeway).
Option No. 2
Inbound Anacostia traffic heading to I-695 (SE/SWFreeway) will be routed SB Martin Luther King Jr. Ave-nue and proceed to Howard Road to NB I-295 and pro-ceed across the 11th Street Inbound Freeway Bridge (I-695 WB).
A New Way to I-695 from AnacostiaWhat’s up with I-695?
The opening of the new 11thStreet Inbound Freeway Bridge wasmet with slight confusion because ofthe new signing across the river bridg-es. Not to be confused with Balti-more’s Beltway, I-695 is indeed a partof the District’s interstate system.Approved in 1958 this stretch of high-way was to provide a connection fromI-395 to I-295. When plans wereabandoned to finish the constructionof I-295 to DC-295 north of Pennsyl-vania Ave, the portion of the roadwayto be designated as I-695 was neversigned.With the 11th Street project, offi-cials saw an opportunity to correct thesigning of the interstate system. As aresult, the portion of I-695 between11th Street and Pennsylvania Ave isbeing decommissioned from the inter-state system, and I-695 is being des-ignated to continue across the new11th Street brides to the new rampsat the I-295/DC-295/11th Street inter-changes. While all of this seems con-fusing, this re-designation is neces-sary to maintain continuity in the inter-state system, and brand new signsare installed to help guide motorists.

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