Details about the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project in Washington, DC
A tribute to an abolitionist leader will see its resurrection in the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project in Washington, DC. The old bridge is years past its useful life, and construction is proceeding apace on the new span across the Anacostia River. The new bridge is more than just a span; it’s an essential component in a revitalization plan as pedestrian overlooks, piers, and arches are part of the project.
The work calls for replacing the 68-year-old bridge and reconstruction of the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange. Due to its age, condition, and functional limitations, the span itself has been classified functionally obsolete. Improvements include making the structure safer for cars and pedestrians, enhancing options for multimodal transportation, increasing access for the community, and supporting economic development on both sides of the river.
This new bridge construction project is one in a series of projects under the umbrella of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Program. The program is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River from the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland into a world-class waterfront. For more information, visit the website: anacostiawaterfront.org.
Project Start: Summer 2017
Project Completion: End of 2021
KEY PROJECT ELEMENTS
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 SW
Creating a new at-grade traffic oval east of the river that connects South Capitol Street, Suitland Parkway and Howard Road SE
Reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/Interstate 295 interchange
Increasing bicycle and pedestrian facilities
Improving drainage and storm water management throughout the corridor
About the Bridges Old & New
The current Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge was built in 1950 and served 77,000 commuters daily. This ambitious bridge construction project is an opportunity to revitalize the community. The new design calls for four pedestrian overlooks, three above-deck arches, and two piers that will appear to float on the river. The replacement bridge is scheduled to open on March 2021.
At that time, the new bridge will have six traffic lanes, as well as improved accommodations for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. These modifications are expected to allow traffic to circulate seamlessly to and from either side of the River and in front of the Air Force base.
We believe this effort will help us better connect with the community and forge a steady path forward. When our bridge construction project is completed, the finished structure will serve as a fitting memorial to one of America’s most remarkable civil rights leaders.
The new bridge, which will sit 20 feet away from the existing bridge, will enhance the area’s transportation infrastructure and support continued efforts to revitalize the Anacostia Waterfront. Be sure to check back regularly for construction progress updates.
Contact us today for regular updates about our bridge reconstruction project. We proudly serve residents of Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.