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New Inbound I-695 (Southeast/Southwest Freeway) Ramp Scheduled to Open on or About March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Nighttime Closure of Westbound I-695 Ramp to M Street SE on March 6, 2014

Washington, DC - As part of the 11th Street Bridge Project, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to shift inbound I-695 (Southeast/Southwest Freeway) traffic onto its final alignment over 11th Street SE and provide an additional lane to Downtown on or about Friday, March 7, 2014.

The new configuration is expected to provide a smooth connection between the inbound spans of the 11th Street Freeway Bridge and westbound I-695 (Southeast/Southwest Freeway) and improve morning rush hour traffic flow. 

To complete final tie-in work for the traffic switch, DDOT has scheduled a nighttime closure of the westbound I-695 (inbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge) exit ramp to M Street on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 10 pm to 5 am. Motorists will be detoured to the northbound and southbound I-295/DC 295 exit ramps to 11th Street, SE, to access M Street, SE, and the Navy Yard area via the local bridge.

“The completion of the third lane is a major milestone for this project,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “This adds 50 percent more capacity, which will help with some of the delays that motorists have been experiencing for the last several months.” 

This new traffic pattern will allow crews to start the demolition activities on the old inbound structure.  Motorists seeking access to 8th Street, SE and the Marine Barracks area from the inbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge (westbound I-695) will be detoured to M Street, SE, then to 11th Street, SE, to I Street, SE.  (See map below.)

For more information and to follow the bridge project and AWI Program’s progress, please visit the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative website

For further information, contact DDOT Project Manager Joseph Dorsey.