The South Capitol Street Corridor Project calls for replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming related sections of the urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that increases pedestrian and vehicular safety, improves multimodal 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) was awaiting design-build contract for constructing initial phases of the project.
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 stormwater management throughout the corridor
- 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