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Proposed Designs for New Douglass Bridge
D.C. engineers and the British architectural firm of Wilkinson Eyre have developed four possible designs for a bridge to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, known to commuters as the South Capitol Street Bridge. Because the U.S. Coast Guard classifies the Anacostia River as a navigable waterway that must accommodate large boats and ships, any new bridge must either be 148 feet above the water or be a movable span, such as a drawbridge, to allow ships to pass. (Related Story: For Commuters, a New Way to Travel Through the District)
The mayor will be accepting comments on the designs at a public meeting on May 4. Visit the D.C. Department of Transportation Web site to see them rendered in 3-D video.
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