The fastest-developing neighborhood in D.C. will soon be connected to one of its historically most underserved with a striking new bridge that is expected to help spur new growth in D.C.’s lower-income communities east of the Anacostia River.
The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is set to open ahead of schedule the week of Sept. 6, the District Department of Transportation said last week. It will replace a dilapidated, 1950s-era bridge on South Capitol Street with a new crossing that will create an easier connection for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians between the Capitol Riverfront and Anacostia neighborhoods.
The $480M infrastructure project, the largest public investment in the District’s history, will have six travel lanes, one more than the old bridge, plus a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists and green areas on each side. DDOT’s executive director has said he sees the bridge as a way to better connect the communities on either side of the river, and it isn’t the only bridge expected to improve that connection in the coming years.