Key Crossing to Be Closed for Structural Repairs

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge on South Capitol Street will be closed beginning at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow for extensive reconstruction work. The major commuter artery could be closed for two months.

The decaying bridge needs a structural overhaul. The $27 million project will eliminate a 200-foot section of the bridge on the District side and lower the rest by about 10 feet so the bridge touches down at Potomac Avenue SW. The long-planned project also will turn South Capitol Street into a tree-lined boulevard.

The project was scheduled for the summer to take advantage of the seasonal drop in commuter traffic. The District is offering the contractor significant incentives to finish ahead of schedule.

Officials from the D.C. Department of Transportation are urging commuters to take transit or expect additional delays of up to 30 minutes as traffic is rerouted to the 11th Street Bridge and other crossings.

-- Eric M. Weiss

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