A March 2012 drawing from the DDOT/Skanska/Facchina team shows in detail the new ramps and flyovers around 11th Street from both phases of the project, along with how Southeast Blvd. will intersect with 11th Street. (A much larger version is available
to really study in detail, if you wish.)
A cross-section view of the Southeast Blvd. work, with lots (and lots!) of dirt used to bring the new street to its intersection with 11th Street, before heading downhill toward Pennsylvania Avenue. (6/12)
Standing on the sunken westbound Southeast Freeway lanes in September 2012, a few months before they were fully closed to allow the start of work on Southeast Blvd. The partially demolished embankment is a remnant of the ramps between the old 11th Street Bridges and RFK Stadium. (9/14/12)
A wide view of the Southeast Blvd. footprint in May 2013, with the filling already underway. (5/13)
A wider view of the same location (note the retaining wall and the apartment building at far left) nine days before "Southeast Blvd." opened between Barney Circle and 11th Street SE to drivers. A tremendous amount of dirt was brought in to fill the sunken road to bring it up to the level of 11th Street. (12/13/14)
Standing on what used to be the westbound lanes of the SE Freeway, at about 13th Street. Work had already begun on bringing in fill dirt before the eastbound lanes were closed. What's also sort-of seen here is the work to dismantle a ramp up to 11th Street that had started to be built during the 11th Street Bridges first phase, but was abandoned once the second phase was awarded. Oops. (9/14/12)
The same location, more or less (look at the freeway pylons) a few days before Southeast Blvd. opened in December 2014. (12/13/14)
Methinks that the green band under "11th St. SE" is hiding a "Southeast Blvd." label! (7/28/14)
After DDOT's initial designs for Southeast Blvd. struck many observers as little more than a reconstituted freeway and not an "urban boulevard," the Office of Planning was brought in to spearhead a study project, which in December 2014 unveiled these concepts
for a boulevard that is reconnected to the street grid to the north at 13th, 14th and 15th streets, includes pedestrian overpasses to bridge the CSX tracks and get to M Street, Virginia Avenue, and the Anacostia River, and uses the median for housing and other development. No timeline currently exists for moving forward with any plans along these lines.
Looking east toward 11th Street from the freeway in September 2012, giving a sense of the amount of fill needed to bring the road up to 11th Street, which is the green-spanned overpass at center. (Less than what it seems like when you're looking down from 11th Street!) (9/14/12)
And now the high flyover at right in the above photo is gone, replaced with this ramp down to 11th Street. Outbound traffic now uses the new flyover at left. (7/22/14)
Standing on 11th Street and looking to the east in March 2011, as the work on the first new 11th Street flyover ramp was underway. (3/3/11)
December 13, 2014
- The same location, much changed, and with the new entrance to the eastbound SE Blvd days away from opening.
Turning westward and looking at the SE Freeway as it rose from the depths below 11th Street, in March 2011. (3/3/11)
August 29, 2015
- The same location, a few months after the new ramp to 11th Street SE from eastbound 695 opened.
Plans are also on the boards to extend 12th Street SE north of M to connect it to Southeast Blvd., allowing drivers exiting I-695 at the M Street/Navy Yard exit to continue northbound and then turn left or right on SE Blvd, toward either Barney Circle or 11th Street. This is the 12th and M intersection, looking north, in 2008, before the ramps to and from RFK were demolished. (8/23/08)
September 6, 2015
- The same location, cleared of the RFK ramps, but awaiting the start of the extension. The Potomac Gardens public housing project is in the distance, but it is north of the Southeast Blvd. footprint and will remain unaffected by this construction.