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On Friday morning I was lucky enough to get a wonderfully wide-ranging tour of the 11th Street Bridges project, and of course made sure to have camera in hand to get a pile of photos of the current state of construction. I've put together a gallery of these photos, and will slowly work on adding them to my 11th Street Bridges project page over the next week or so. Some points of note:
* DDOT expects that the new bridges carrying inbound and outbound freeway traffic will open by the end of this year. There will still be plenty of work to do in terms of ramps and connections and other necessary work surrounding those bridges, but at least these new structures will be open fairly soon. (If you haven't been following closely, one of the big "adds" of this entire project is that when completed vehicles will be able to move between the freeway bridges and northbound/southbound DC295 in all directions, which isn't currently the case.)
* The new 11th Street Local bridge, carrying traffic between Anacostia and 11th Street SE by the Navy Yard, is expected to open by fall of next year. However, according to Greater Greater Washington and other outlets, this bridge apparently will not be having streetcar tracks built into it during this initial construction phase as originally designed, because of all manner of bureaucratic falderal I'm too lazy to bother trying to explain here. If this happens, portions of the deck of the bridge would have to be pulled up and redone with the streetcar tracks a few years from now. (On the other hand, the concrete hasn't been poured on this bridge yet, so maybe there's still a chance some folks could figure out a way to get it to happen now?)
* These graphics show the plans for the paths and landscaping under the bridges along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (just east of the entrance to the Navy Yard's portion of the riverwalk). They appear to include an interesting little jut-out into the river, on what I imagine is the footprint of the existing downstream bridge.
* If you drive 11th Street north of M and see the big concrete piers popping up to the east, they are for the new flyover ramp that will connect inbound freeway bridge traffic to the Southeast Freeway. Work is also underway on a new ramp that will bring traffic from RFK and Pennsylvania Avenue up to a signalized interchange at 11th Street rather than continuing underneath 11th to the Southeast Freeway. There will then be a ramp from 11th to the westbound freeway, which means that folks who live on the eastern side of Capitol Hill or who work at the Navy Yard will be able to get on the freeway at 11th rather than zooming down Virginia Avenue all the way to 3rd Street.
It's a pretty big project, and I'm giving short shrift to much of the change that will be coming to the connections to the bridges on the east side of the Anacostia, but the new photo gallery should still be interesting, and my 11th Street Bridges Project page can probably help with additional details if you're in need.
The photo gallery also has this stitched-together panorama taken up on the new flyover bridge, but you'll probably want to look at a larger version, since it gives a pretty good look at a large swath of skyline alongside the Anacostia River:
If you missed my batch of photos from last week of the new Southbound 295 flyover bridge that opened over the weekend, here they are.
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BillP says: (10/13/11 9:45 AM)
Great pics JD! I share your excitement over this project. Even though I only use this once or twice a month, it is positively mind-numbing that the existing setup did not provide for eastbound SE freeway traffic to head north on 295 (without doing the Barney Circle / Sousa Bridge shuffle) and for southbound 295 traffic to head west on the SE freeway.

Do you know which bridge the streetcar tracks were supposed to be on? I assume it's the street-level "local" bridge but have not seen this for certain.

Also, is it too much to hope that the SE freeway (aka "unsigned Interstate 695") can actually be signed as "I-695" once the bridge project is complete? I think this was not done previously because of the inadequate interchanges between the two freeways did not uphold interstate standards so the fix was to designate the existing 11th street bridges as the terminus of I-295 in order to get the bridges included in the interstate system.

Therefore, I believe that correctly designating the SE freeway as Interstate 695, beginning at the point at which I-395 northbound traffic "exits" the SE/SW freeway, would also require transition of the bridges from I-295 to I-695. Maybe some of our "daytime residents" down at DOT HQ can give us a hand here?!


JD says: (10/13/11 10:09 AM)
Hi Bill--Yes, the streetcars would run on the local bridge. I don't know anything about the 695 designation, though I imagine there will be discussion of it at least among road geeks once the new bridges open.

I actually think that one of the biggest benefits for (east) Hill residents will not the bridges themselves, but the new access to the westbound SE Freeway from a new ramp at 11th Street. No more driving eight blocks on Virginia Avenue to get to the on-ramp.



BillP says: (10/13/11 4:38 PM)
Hey! Did you just call me a road geek? Guilty as charged, I guess. Here are the sources of my information and some interesting reading for fellow road geeks:

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MJM says: (10/13/11 5:45 PM)
Off topic but in your recent history from 10/13/03 - do you know if they dug up the underground tanks (or any of the tanks along M St to include Half St Sunoco - minus the stations along S Cap)


JD says: (10/13/11 10:03 PM)
MJM, I wouldn't swear to it in court, but I feel like the tanks at all closed gas stations have come up.

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