DDOT’s Ward 8 Project Update Presentation

PTSA Associate Director Carl Jackson answers DC Streetcar questions; Supervisory Civil Engineer Keith Foxx talks about efforts to reconstruct Southern Avenue.

PTSA Associate Director Carl Jackson answers DC Streetcar questions; Program Manager Keith Foxx talks about efforts to reconstruct Southern Avenue.

The expansion of DC Streetcar in Anacostia was the first order of business at DDOT’s Ward 8 Project Update presentation on March 26.

Two potential routes (that is, build alternatives) for the future Anacostia Streetcar Extension were discussed at the meeting.  One route (Alternative 4) would run on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and be a high-profile addition to the street’s commercial corridor. The less costly of the two options (Alternative 9) would utilize existing railroad tracks and have less of an effect on on-street parking.

Either of these alternatives would serve to augment the Anacostia Initial Line, bringing the streetcar line to the foot of the 11th Street Bridge and providing Ward 8 residents, federal and local employees and businesses with a modern, reliable and environmentally-friendly transit service.

DDOT officials also took some time to update attendees about two other high-profile projects in the area: the 11th Street Bridge project–which began featuring a new, inbound ramp on I-695 (Southeast / Southwest Freeway) earlier this month–and the South Capitol Street Corridor project, which includes the replacement of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

For more information on these projects, and other DDOT initiatives to improve Ward 8–including the St. Elizabeths East Campus, Oxon Run Trail, and Southern Avenue projects–please see the slideshow, fact sheets and Q & A pages from the presentation.

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