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11th Street Bridge Project

11th Street Bridge Project - Aerial view of the brdige and roadways from the south

DDOT began construction of 11th Street Bridge Project in December 2009 to replace the two existing bridges with three new bridges and improve the related interchanges.

Project Overview

By far the largest District Department of Transportation (DDOT) project underway, the $390 million 11th Street Bridge Project is critical to improving travel and achieving the larger vision of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

The project replaces two bridges built in the 1960s with three new bridges that separate local and freeway traffic.

The new freeway bridges also provide direct connections between the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and both directions of Interstate/DC-295, fixing a long-standing deficiency that forced motorists to use local streets to connect to and from both freeways.

Other key project benefits include:

  •  A new 14-foot-wide pedestrian and bicycle path on the local bridge that connects with the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail;
  • Drainage and other environmental investments to treat all storm water within the project area;
  • An additional emergency evacuation route;
  • New boulevard connections between 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; and
  • Connections to the DC Streetcar network.

The project is divided into two phases:

Phase 1

The $300 million first phase includes the three new bridges and most of the other amenities noted above. Construction began December 2009 and was scheduled for completion by mid-2013.

Phase 2

The $90 million second phase, which is under design, is intended to further improve connections between the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and Virginia Avenue, SE, with the new outbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge, as well as boulevard connections between 11th Street and Pennsylvania SE. Construction started late 2012 to be completed in late 2015.


  • Opened New Inbound Freeway Bridge, December 2011
  • Opened New Outbound Freeway Bridge, January 2012
  • Open New Local Bridge, May 2012
  • Start Phase II, June 2012
  • Open New Freeway Ramp to/from I-295, July 2012
  • Complete Phase I, Mid 2013
  • Complete Phase II, Late 2015


  • Phase 1:  $300 million
  • Phase 2:  $90 million

For ongoing and updated information, visit the following website:

11th Street Bridge Project