May 30, 2013
New DC-295 Ramps on 11th Street Bridge Set to Open Friday, May 31
Ramps Provide Additional Access Points to Historical Anacostia, Capitol Hill, Navy Yard and Nationals Park
For more information and to follow the bridge project and AWI Program’s progress, please visit anacostiawaterfront.org/11thStreetBridge .
WASHINGTON, DC — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it will open two new ramps on the 11th Street Bridge Project on Friday, May 31, 2013 following the morning rush-hour period. The ramps will provide access to and from the Anacostia Freeway (DC-295) to the local 11th Street Corridor. These ramps will provide additional access points to Historical Anacostia, Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard and Nationals Park.
While the opening of the ramps marks another significant milestone for the project, work is still underway. The bridge is still under construction and considered an active work zone. In addition to demolishing the old bridge, crews continue work on a new three-lane ramp connection from the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway that will open for traffic heading from downtown to either direction of the Anacostia Freeway. This connection, which is scheduled to be complete in summer 2014, will help improve traffic flow at the northbound I-295 and southbound DC-295 merge points where traffic delays are currently experienced during peak hour periods.
Work also continues on the pedestrian and bicycle path and two scenic overlooks that will extend out from the shared path offering beautiful views of Anacostia, the Navy Yard and the Nationals Park. Phase II of the project, which began last summer, is located within the Capitol Hill/Navy Yard area and includes replacing the two-lane outbound I-695 (SE/SW Freeway) flyover bridge over M Street SE with a new three-lane bridge structure. It will also lay the groundwork for replacement of the SE/SW Freeway with a neighborhood boulevard between 11th Street SE and Barney Circle. The entire 11th Street Bridge project is scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.
New Traffic Pattern
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