Join the Fun at the Local 11th Street Bridge Celebration

Aug 30, 2013 | Posted in Project Updates

Come join the fun at the Local 11th Street Bridge Celebration on Saturday, September 7!

Free and open to all, this festive community event will commemorate the completion and full opening of the new local bridge portion of the larger 11th Street Bridge Project – which is the largest project in the District Department of Transportation’s history – and also again honor fallen Metropolitan Police Officer Kevin J. Welsh.

Schedule to take place rain or shine, the celebration requires fully closing the local bridge to motor vehicles for the day to allow event staging and attendees to fully experience the four-lane bridge’s various amenities, such as its 14-foot-wide shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path and two pedestrian overlooks that provide a scenic southward view of the Anacostia River.

Participants also will be able to enjoy some of DC’s finest fare from local food trucks and a host of family-friendly activities, including a kids’ zone and local entertainment.

In addition, Mayor Vincent C. Gray will lead a formal program with District Council Members and representatives from DDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the Metropolitan Police Department. This will include dedicating the bridge to Officer Welsh, a veteran police officer who gave his life in the line of duty and for whom the old 11th Street Outbound Freeway Bridge replaced as part of the bridge project had also been named.

Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Local 11th Street Bridge (see map below)

Event Details:

12 p.m.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation – fitness demonstration
Z GO-GO local fitness team demonstration
The Washington Navy Yard Drill Team demonstration

1:15 p.m.

Community parade led by Mayor Vincent C. Gray – participants include:

  • Ms. Senior District of Columbia
  • Marching bands from Eastern High School and Anacostia Sr. High School
  • Local Cheerleaders from Ward 8
  • DC Roller Derby Girls
  • Character Actors
  • Washington Nationals Racing Presidents

1:30 p.m.

Formal Program and Bridge Dedication

Water Way
DC Fire and EMS Department will showcase the John Glenn Fire Spray
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Harbor Patrol
boat named after Officer Welsh will be in the water along with local Rowing Clubs

Information Lane/Table Top Vendors:

  • Anacostia Community Boathouse
  • Anacostia Economic Development Corporation
  • Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Barracks Row Main Street
  • Congress Heights Main Streets
  • DC Clean Marina
  • DC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • DC Lottery
  • DC Office on Aging
  • DC Water
  • DDOT
    • goDCgo
    • Capital Bikeshare
    • DC Circulator Bus
    • DC Streetcar
    • Anacostia Waterfront Initiative
    • 11th Street Bridge Project Team
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Public Works
  • Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development
  • District Department of the Environment
  • Historic Anacostia Boating Association
  • Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
  • Office of Child Protective Services
  • Office of Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights
  • Office of Motion Picture and Television Development
  • Office of Planning
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • The Washington Navy Yard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • National Park Service
  • Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Food Trucks:

  • Bada Bing
  • Cajunators
  • Feelin’ Crabby
  • Goodies
  • Halal Grill
  • Orange Cow
  • Rito Loco
  • Sweet Cream
  • Very Good Cupcake

Transportation and Parking Accommodations:

Free transportation to and from the event will be provided by a DC Circulator bus – passenger pick up locations:
Anacostia Metro Station (Green Line)
Eastern Market Metro Station (Blue/Orange Line)

Free Parking
(Capitol Hill) – Maritime Plaza Parking Lot – 1201 M Street SE (DC Circulator will pick-up and drop off at the entrance of the bridge)
(Anacostia) – Curtis Brothers Parking Lot – 2241 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue (DC Circulator will pick-up and drop off at the entrance of the bridge)

DC Circulator and Metro Map

The local 11th Street Bridge will be closed to vehicles from M and 11th Streets SE to Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE. on Saturday, September 7 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  1. Monique Diop September 3, 2013

    Looks like a full day of fun! Can’t wait to meet my new neighbors!!

    1. Geri Murphy September 4, 2013

      It’s been a long time coming…I’m looking forward to the fun and festivities!

  2. Rarie September 5, 2013

    Wow! I walk over the bridge 5 days a week. It is an awesome addition to the District of Columbia and that area.

    Thank you

  3. Sally Murray September 5, 2013

    Looks fun. Will there be bike parking?!

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