Coast Guard seeks comments on Douglass Bridge proposal

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking comments on a D.C. Department of Transportation proposal to replace the swing-type Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge over the Anacostia River with a new fixed bridge.

The replacement will save the District an estimated $140 million in construction and an additional $100,000 a year in operational and maintenance costs. The new bridge design and construction are planned as the first of two phases in DDOT’s $908 million South Capitol Street Corridor Project.

Because the proposal would alter the horizontal and vertical clearances of the river’s navigation channel, the Coast Guard needs to know the sizes and types of vessels owned and operated on the Anacostia. They are also seeking detailed navigational opinions from mariners and adjacent property owners.

The comment form is available at Comments, due Dec. 3, can be mailed to Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Va., 23704-5004.

For information, e-mail or call 202-741-8528.

Online library catalog has new search and renewal options

The D.C. Public Library recently revamped its online catalog. Customers can do searches from the library’s Facebook page (, renew items with one click and text details about an item to a cellphone. The catalog will also locate items that have been misspelled. In addition to English, the catalog is indexed in Spanish, French and Chinese.

The library is seeking feedback for further improvements to the online catalog at or on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #newdcplcatalog.

DDOT to meet on Barney Circle-Southeast Freeway study

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the design concepts for the Barney Circle and Southeast Boulevard Transportation Planning Study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday at Payne Elementary School Auditorium, 1445 C Street SE.

The goal of the study is to turn the Southeast Freeway, between 11th Street SE and Barney Circle, into a boulevard that unites with adjacent neighborhoods and offers new connections to the Anacostia River. Possible approaches include allowing vehicle turning movements on Barney Circle, pedestrian and bicyclist access to the river, and multimodal transportation options.

For information, go to or e-mail To join the project e-mail list or for questions, e-mail or call 202-741-8528.

Clay named park director for NoMa business group

Curtis Clay, a District architect, has been named director of park and public realm development for the NoMa Business Improvement District. He will work with the NoMa Parks Foundation and the NoMa BID to acquire and design new parks and public spaces in the NoMa neighborhood. The D.C. City Council authorized $50 million in its budget for parks, playgrounds and green space in the NoMa neighborhood in May.

Clay has architecture degrees from Howard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He recently completed the design of the new Ballou High School and oversaw the redevelopment of Eastern Market after its catastrophic fire in 2007. Clay has also served as the mayor’s representative on the D.C. Construction Codes Coordinating Board.

For information, go to

— Compiled by Terence McArdle