Initial work will include pile driving in the Anacostia River to construct foundations for three new bridges - one for local and two for freeway traffic. Barrier placement, off-roadway clearing, and drainage work is also to begin adjacent to both directions of DC 295, later resulting in shoulder encroachments and minor lane shifts. Eventually, land-side pile driving on both sides of the river will be required to construct new connecting ramps and improve the highway. To minimize impacts, noise and vibration levels will be monitored at all times.
Scheduled for completion in mid-2013, the $300 million project will:
- Improve mobility by providing separate freeway and local traffic connections to both directions of DC 295, the Southeast-Southwest Expressway, and local streets on both sides of the Anacostia River;
- Provide a shared path for pedestrians and bicycles, as well as rails to allow future streetcar connections;
- Replace the existing functionally deficient and structurally obsolete bridges;
- Provide an additional alternate evacuation route from our Nation's capital, and;
- Include new trail connections, improved drainage, and other environmental investments.