Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge To Open In Early September, Ahead Of Schedule District officials will host a big celebration for the new bridge on Labor Day, complete with a 5k run.
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Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge To Open In Early September, Ahead Of Schedule

The new Frederick Douglass Bridge under construction in February, 2020, seen from the Anacostia River. Jacob Fenston/WAMU/DCist hide caption

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Cars will be able to drive over the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge that spans the Anacostia River sometime the week of Sept. 6, nearly a month ahead of the previously announced October opening date.

District officials will host a big celebration for the new bridge on Labor Day, complete with a 5k run. The bridge will likely open to traffic sometime overnight later that week to simplify the opening with fewer cars, District Department of Transportation officials say.

But the whole project, which includes large, oval roundabouts on both the Navy Yard and Anacostia side won't be done until next spring.

This video rendering from 2017 shows the concept.

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The project was announced in 2012 and construction began in 2018.

The six-lane bridge is one lane wider than its predecessor, a 70-year-old span that carried 77,000 vehicles a day but had long been deemed structurally deficient.

The finished bridge will also have two piers that will appear to float in the river and four pedestrian overlooks, according to DDOT. In addition, it will have wider bike and pedestrian crossings.

The $441 million bridge and the accompanying infrastructure, including a reconstructed interchange at I-295 and the Suitland Parkway, is the largest DDOT construction project since the department was created in 2002. The entire South Capitol Street Corridor project cost more than $1 billion.

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