11th Street Bridge Project Completion, Southeast Freeway Reopening

Jon Whitney, a representative from the District Department of Transportation, says that the 11th Street Bridge project is nearly complete—11th Street SE is paved and the turn lane at 11th and M SE will be finished in November. Accordingly, DDOT expects to connect Barney Circle to 11th Street by reopening the Southeast Freeway by 2014’s end.

Though it is only meant to be temporary until the Southwest Boulevard (a lower-speed, more pedestrian-friendly roadway that will provide access to the waterfront) opens, the freeway’s reopening is controversial. Commissioners and residents alike are concerned that the reopening will undermine and sidetrack current studies on how to build the Boulevard.

Excerpted from the October ANC 6B Report.