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.
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.
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
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:
Providing an additional evacua-tion route out of the city by provid-ing an additional lane eastbound(outbound) on I-695.
Providing an new interchangealong I-695 at 11th Street, SE.
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.
Street Bridge Project Continues to Deliver Progress as Promised...