South Capitol Street Project Promises a New Bridge — And New Life — For Anacostia
South Capitol Street project promises a new bridge — and new life — for Anacostia
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, one of the District’s busiest commuter gateways, is past its life span. The bridge over the Anacostia River is decaying. Corrosion has eaten holes through the thick steel beams that were installed nearly 70 years ago, and despite a major overhaul in 2007, it continues to deteriorate.
A mammoth construction project to replace the bridge kicked off last month, promising a new bridge in 2021. The project also will remake part of South Capitol Street into a scenic boulevard and improve the Suitland Parkway and Interstate 295 interchanges.
It’s the end of an era for a span …