The traffic pattern will change, but not until mid-2014, when demolition and construction on the Capitol Hill side results in the addition of a third through lane on the span for the freeway drivers.
For now, the drivers who want to limit their lane-changing should stay to the left on the ramp from southbound D.C. 295. Completion of the local span should help draw off traffic heading to and from the Navy Yard.
Part of the Southeast Freeway has closed, so some D.C. United fans will need a new route to their parking area. Map shows suggested routes.
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Southeast Freeway detour
Reconstruction of the bridge is part of the overall plan to improve the Anacostia waterfront, reordering traffic patterns and creating new ways of getting around the area. A lot of the rubble being created by demolition of the old 11th Street bridge is going into fill that is raising up a now-closed portion of the Southeast Freeway, which will be recreated as a boulevard.
The closing isn’t a problem for commuters who now have access to the new freeway spans, but it does affect soccer fans whose route to RFK Stadium includes I-395. Throughout D.C. United’s season, they will need to find another route to and from RFK’s Lot 8, on the southeast side of the stadium. Here’s what the project managers recommend:
To RFK from I-395: Continue across the 11th Street bridge over the Anacostia River. (That’s also Interstate 695.) Take the ramp for northbound D.C. 295. Move toward the right so you’ll be able to take the exit for westbound Pennsylvania Avenue and cross the river again via the Sousa bridge. Make a sharp right around Barney Circle SE to reach the RFK Stadium Access Road into Lot 8.
While coming around Barney Circle, you could also make a left onto 17th Street SE, then go right on Potomac Avenue SE and turn left onto 19th Street SE. At Independence Avenue SE, turn right and continue to Lot 8, which will be on your right.
Leaving RFK: Project managers think your best bet on exiting Lot 8 is to continue across the East Capitol Street (Whitney Young) bridge over the river and take the exit on the right for southbound D.C. 295.
Continue to the new ramp on the right of D.C. 295 that leads onto the 11th Street bridge.