A pricey upgrade to South Capitol Street

August 1, 2013

The $900 million project includes traffic ovals at both ends of the rebuilt Douglass Bridge. This is the north approach, near Nationals Park. (Artist’s rendering courtesy of DDOT)

Eyes may be on the $300 million soccer-stadium deal that officials say will kickstart the redevelopment of Buzzard Point. But a bigger public investment is happening a block to the east, where the city continues to refine plans for a $900 million overhaul of South Capitol Street, including a rebuilt Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge plus approaches and interchanges. Dr. Gridlock has more on the latest revision to the plans, which add a dedicated cycletrack to the bridge and make pedestrian-friendly changes. But the plan to build large traffic ovals at each end of the bridge remains — and it remains controversial: “There’s nothing like these traffic ovals in D.C., and it would certainly take a while for travelers to adjust to them — assuming they ever do,” the good Doctor writes. City officials hope to break ground late next year. More from WAMU-FM.

In other news:

More delays for taxi credit-card mandate (District of DeBonisDCist)

Pr. Geo’s County Executive Rushern Baker was among those celebrating D.C. testing gains (Post)

Kaya Henderson takes victory laps in interviews (WRC-TVWAMU-FM)

All signs indicate that city HIV/AIDS czar Greg Pappas was fired (Blade)

Meet the volunteers who keep the city’s street trees healthy (Post)

Can a Hebrew-immersion charter school truly be secular? (City Paper)

Cathy Lanier: So what if demographics of arrestees don’t match the city’s? (WRC-TV)

Adams Morgan fight shows how affordable housing is chipped away (Housing Complex)

Vince Gray on his purported living-wage undecidedness: “It’d be disingenuous if I had the decision in my head” (WJLA-TV)

Scratch-off ticket contract woes could hit small retailers hard (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

Why one D.C. United fan is wary of the stadium deal (City Desk)

Tom Sherwood is not at all pleased with the Gray administration’s decision to grant the Post an exclusive on the story (WRC-TV)

JBG is “shocked” they weren’t picked for Florida Avenue land deal (Housing Complex)

And the neighbors aren’t happy about it (Change.org)

But, hey, money talks (WBJ)

Housing Authority board picks Barry Farm developers (Capital Business)

All four teams who submitted Franklin School redevelopment proposals make shortlist (Housing ComplexWBJ)

Will the Walter Reed proposals do enough to enliven Georgia Avenue? (GGW)

“[I]t’s time for the city’s elected officials to be beholden to nobody but the people electing them” (Post letter)

You have a one-in-20 chance of ever seeing your stolen bike again (Express)

Eleanor Holmes Norton is again trying to resurrect the $5,000 D.C. first-time homebuyer tax credit (PoPville)

And she’s trying to bring commercial helicopters back to Buzzard Point (PoPville)

Phil Mendelson’s LivingSocial letter is “late and silly” (WBJ)

Why many D.C. pedestrian signals give you a head start on cars (Dr. Gridlock)

Woman is found dead in Southeast home of security officer who shot himself atop downtown federal building (Post)

Motorcyclist killed on Wisconsin Avenue was Gonzaga grad, JBG associate (PostWBJ)

Bizarre single-car accident near Benning Road leaves Northeast man dead (Post)

Vandalism case against CBS journo’s son will move forward (Post)

H Street NE pizzeria implicated in $3 million fraud schemes (DCist)

A Facebook page offers a look at bygone D.C. (Post)

Onion-style FEMS humor (EMS1.com)

What happened to Georgetown’s mascot-in-training? (Sports BogThe HoyaCity DeskWTOP)

Massachusetts Avenue bar buys Pennsylvania Avenue bar (Capitol Hill Corner)

Ian MacKaye on the inanities of the free market: “[Minor Threat fans] pay $28, that’s what they wanna pay for their shirts” (Arts Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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