A reminder for those who might be interested that tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 16) at 10 am is the City Council Committee on Public Works and the Environment hearing on "Major Bridge Construction Projects in the District
," which will no doubt include discussions of the 11th Street Bridges, the 14th Street Bridge, and probably the Douglass Bridge. It can be watched live on DC Cable 13
or via streaming video
, and will be archived on the Office of Cable Television web site
for later on-demand showings. I'll be watching it and will report back on any Near Southeast-specific news that comes out of it. I'm guessing that among the public witnesses will be representatives of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Eastern Washington, who have been raising questions about the various road and bridge projects planned along the Anacostia, including advocating that a new "traffic mobility study" be undertaken. (Here's their flyer and a copy of a letter to Mayor Fenty
they sent back in August.)
During the five minutes it was sunny this afternoon, I managed to get some updated photos of the demolition at old Capper Seniors,
where the work is still concentrated on the western side of the building. Within the past day or two the wrecking ball has sliced a hole in the main portion of the building, leaving the old southwest wing standing alone and temporarily making the tower into two buildings. Soon they'll be starting on the still-bricked elevator shaft in the center of the building on the north side. (I wouldn't park my car too close to there for the next few days.) Check the Expanded Project Archive
if you want more angles of the progress, though they didn't all get updated today. And remember to click on the
icon to see all
the photos in the archive from a vantage point--the progression of shots looking south at the building
from across L Street are pretty intriguing. They've gotten a lot done in eight days....
Word has just come out from DDOT that there will be lane closures on the Douglass Bridge
this weekend, weather permitting: "Two inbound lanes on the bridge will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. [and] Two inbound lanes on the bridge will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18." The advisory also says that the outbound sidewalk will now be closed for repair, and the the inbound sidewalk will now be opened to pedestrians and bicycles, which makes me really happy because now I'll finally get back some of my photo perches
that have been inaccessible since late June.