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New Year, New Meetings:
* ANC 6B (mostly Capitol Hill, but also including the Eighth Street area of Near Southeast) has posted its January 13 meeting agenda, and one of the items on it is "South Capitol Street Draft Environmental Impact Statement." This draft EIS, which envisions substantial changes to the section of South Capitol Street from the Southeast Freeway across the Douglass Bridge to Firth Sterling Avenue, was released last year, and at December's Anacostia Waterfront Fair it was announced that the final EIS is expected to come this spring.
It may not sound like much to get excited about, but one of the cornerstones of the final EIS should be the unveiling of the chosen design for the new Douglass Bridge. I wrote a long entry about the Draft EIS when it was released, and on my Douglass Bridge page you can also see the four preliminary designs. (And you can also relive 2007's Extreme Makeover!) Feel free to sound off in the comments on which bridge design you want--but, please, no wagering.
Also on ANC 6B's agenda is "ZC # 03-12I/03-13I, Modification to the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg PUD," which I imagine is the series of deadline extensions and other zoning items that I've previously written about. (UPDATE: This has apparently been removed from the 6B agenda, at the Housing Authority's request.)
This meeting is at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, at 7 pm.
* ANC 6D's monthly meeting will be on the previous night, Jan. 12, at St. Augustine's Church at 6th and M Streets, SW. No agenda yet posted. (6B usually wins this race by a country mile.)
* This Thursday (Jan. 8), Metro's Customer Service, Safety and Operations Committee will be voting on whether to authorize a mid-February hearing on the discontinuation of the N22 bus, which runs between the Union Station, Eastern Market, and the Navy Yard subway stations and which is expected to be replaced by DC Circulator route. I'm not sure why this is on the agenda again--my understanding was that they approved it in December, as did the full board. Read my previous posts with more detail on this change here and here.
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BBC says: (1/6/09 12:07 PM)
I like the arched bascule. In the first photo, it looks like it has a metal facade. The second photo looks like a block facade. I sure hope it would have the block facade. Although I am sure it could never look as magnificent as the Memorial Bridge, a block facade arched bascule could maybe capture some of this beauty.


B in DC says: (1/6/09 1:52 PM)
I vote for arched bascule as well.


Jay says: (1/6/09 4:20 PM)
JD,

Will the building of the new Douglass Bridge be affected/delayed by the recession?





F says: (1/6/09 4:24 PM)
I like the "cable stayed swing" or "stayed bascule designs." Sleek, modern and clean looking.

Leaning more towards the cable stayed swing.


JD says: (1/7/09 11:03 AM)
Jay--

I don't know whether the bridge's construction would be affected by the economic situtation. One might think that a bigtime public works project needs the bulk of its funding to come from the Feds might be just the sort of thing to be given a box of money in these stimulus packages....

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