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South Capitol Street Corridor Project - Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

South Capitol Street Corridor - Frederick Douglass Bridge Rendering

Project Overview

The South Capitol Street Corridor Project calls for replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming related sections of urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that increases pedestrian and vehicular safety, improves multi-modal transportation options, increases community accessibility and supports economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.

While preliminary engineering and right-of-way land acquisition for the project have been underway since January 2012, final federal environmental approval and construction funding are still pending. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) anticipates procuring a design-build contract for constructing initial phases of the project in 2013.

Key project elements include:

  • Building a new six-lane Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
  • Creating a new traffic oval west of the river that connects South Capitol Street, Potomac Avenue and Q Street, SE
  • Reconstructing South Capitol Street as a six-lane boulevard with an improved streetscape from the traffic oval to Independence Avenue SE/SW and an at-grade intersection at M Street, SE
  • Creating a new at-grade traffic circle east of the river that connects South Capitol Street, Suitland Parkway and Howard Road, SE
  • Reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/Interstate 295 interchange
  • Constructing a new Martin Luther King Jr Avenue and Suitland Parkway interchange Road, SE
  • Increasing bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Improving drainage and storm water management throughout the corridor

Planned Milestones

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Signed, March 2011
  • Record of Decision (ROD) Signed, Pending
  • Began Preliminary Engineering, January 2012
  • Began Land Acquisition Process, January 2012
  • Issue Request for Qualifications to Contractors, Second Quarter 2013

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