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Via TheWashCycle, the city is apparently looking at the concept of transforming the downstream, soon-to-be-abandoned outbound 11th Street Bridge into an "11th Street Recreation Bridge," calling it an "opportunity for a destination linking river trails and recreation amenities."
This PDF from the Office of Planning (interestingly, it has the file name "Constituent Request.pdf") has a couple of concept drawings, some graphs about development in the surrounding areas, and keeps mentioning a "proposed design competition" to generate ideas for how the span could be used after the new 11th Street Local Bridge opens this summer.
There's been back-room chatter for a while that Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning has been interested in preserving one of the existing bridge spans as a potential "High Line" for Washington, DC, and there have also been calls from various residents (including Near Southeast's own Man About Town David Garber) to build some sort of pedestrian bridge linking the two shores of the Anacostia River.
WashCycle says that DPW (? maybe OP?) is holding a meeting on March 28 at 6:30 pm on the concept, though I can't find any press releases or anything about it on dc.gov.
I'll be interested to see how it's proposed to get people up to it from the western shore, given that the approach to the old bridge is supposed to be demolished in order to complete the new 11th Street Local bridge's "arrival" at street level near 11th and O, and then allowing two-way traffic to run on 11th Street by the Navy Yard.
I'm guessing there will be plenty of chatter about this to come!
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bluecrabby says: (3/12/12 12:38 PM)
Wow, I really hope this happens. The potential here is enormous, far larger than the high line as there is much more space on this bridge. I love that the rendering showcases a number of active uses which will be key to making this a destination.


bleeper1 says: (3/12/12 1:28 PM)
I really like the high line in NYC, so that would be cool.


Maelstrom says: (3/12/12 2:27 PM)
I'm a bit skeptical on this. If this could be done, I don't see how it could be like in the picture as the bridges have fairly different elevation profiles and a decent sized (looks 20-25 feet from the pic)gap between them. Perhaps they could lower parts of the bridge as was seen in the renovation of the South Capitol street bridge when the Nats park was put in? I also question how it would play nice with the southward exit ramps on the Anacostia side of the local bridge. Were they really just going to abandon the downstream bridge in place like they show in the PDF? It would be an extreme downer if it was abandoned in place rather than torn down or put to alternate use.


JD says: (3/12/12 3:31 PM)
I think the picture above is showing the eastern end of the two bridges, where they would briefly be right next to each other before they become spaced further apart as they go across the river.

I don't think it was planned that the downstream bridge would merely be abandoned without ever being demolished. I think there's some semantics going on there.



kameron says: (3/13/12 3:12 PM)
looks very similar to my thesis for the South Capitol Street Bridge
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