D.C. to hold festival on 11th Street Bridge local span

September 6, 2013

A District Department of Transportation map shows travel tips for Saturday celebration.

On Saturday, the District Department of Transportation will host a celebration on the local span of the 11th Street Bridge to mark some of the transportation improvements that have occurred in the area over the past decade.

In particular, that includes the opening of the local span to two-way traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. The festivities are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. DDOT invites neighborhood residents to join city officials, community leaders and businesses from Anacostia and Capitol Hill on the local span, one of three that compose the 11th Street Bridge.

Officials will dedicate a plaque designating the local span as the “11th Street, Officer Kevin J. Welsh Memorial Bridge.” That was the name for the bridge’s old outbound span. Read a John Kelly column that describes the memorial to the officer who drowned trying to save a woman who had jumped from the bridge.

Transportation and parking
Free transportation to and from the event will be provided by D.C. Circulator buses They will pick up passengers for the festival at the Anacostia and Eastern Market Metro stations

Free parking will be available at 1301 M St. SE on the Capitol Hill side of the bridge and at the Curtis Brothers parking lot, 2241 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, on the Anacostia side. The Circulator buses will also provide free transportation to the bridge and back from the parking areas.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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