WASHINGTON, D.C. – District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo announced today that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Capitol Street Corridor Project—both indicating federal approval of the project.
“This milestone will put people to work and improve a key piece of one of the nation’s capital’s most heavily traveled routes,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.
“With our Federal partners, today we reached a significant progress milestone on a project that is critical to the District’s transportation network as well as the region,” said DDOT Director Dormsjo. “The ultimate completion of this project will mean greater mobility and safer travel for over 70,000 motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who cross the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge each day. The project will also transform South Capitol Street into a scenic boulevard as originally envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 Plan for the City.”
The South Capitol Street Corridor Project will replace the existing Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transform the connected urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that increases pedestrian and vehicular safety, improves multi-modal transportation options, increases community accessibility and supports economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.
The 66-year-old Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge has been classified functionally obsolete and needs to be replaced due to its condition, age and functional limitations. A critical and important connection for local and regional commuters, the bridge continues to deteriorate despite regular maintenance. Its condition requires repairs with increasing frequency, resulting in significant costs and traffic impacts. If not replaced within the next five years, the bridge would require an estimated $110 million in major rehabilitation work and would need to be closed for more than a year.
With the completion of the federal environmental review process, DDOT will now move forward with the procurement process for the project and anticipates selecting a design-build team in 2016.
The South Capitol Street Corridor Project is one of a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the 30-year, $10 billion Anacostia Waterfront Initiative that is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront.
Visit www.anacostiawaterfront.org/southcapitolstreetcorridor for more information about this project.