BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: D.C. unveils plans for new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

The replacement of the 68-year-old bridge is scheduled to open in March 2021

August 11, 2017
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., transports 70,000 vehicles daily over the Anacostia River, and officials released a design for the bridge's replacement Thursday.

Construction begins at year’s end on the $441 million project, which will also rebuild the Suitland Parkway/Interstate 295 interchange. In addition, it will create new traffic ovals east of the river, connecting South Capitol Street, Suitland Parkway and Anacostia Drive; and west of the river, connecting South Capitol Street, Potomac Avenue and Q Street.

The 68-year-old bridge’s replacement, years in the making, is scheduled to open in March 2021. Its design features four pedestrian overlooks, three above-deck arches and two piers that will appear to float in the river.

The new bridge will be built roughly 100 ft away from the existing one. After its completion, the eight-month demolition begins on the old bridge.

The project will employ 200 D.C. residents, and is part of the 30-year, $10 billion Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Program.


Source: WTOP

Related Articles

South Carolina TRIP report
Image: TRIP
The increased transportation funding provided by the South Carolina legislature’s passage of the 2017 Roads Bill (Act 40) has allowed South Carolina…
September 23, 2021
The Pennsylvania Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office announced that three teams will be invited to submit proposals competing to enter…
September 21, 2021
New York to open I-390 flyover ramp on interchange project in Monroe County
Image: New York State DOT / Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has hit a major milestone in the $172.8 million I-390/I-490/Route 31 Interchange Improvement…
September 17, 2021
Arizona DOT planning I-17 improvements north of Phoenix
Image: Arizona DOT
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has entered into negotiations with the apparent preferred developer to make improvements to I-17…
September 15, 2021