Closure of Potomac Avenue Near Frederick Douglass Bridge

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Closures on Potomac Avenue SW from Jan. 25 to Feb. 17 will facilitate completion of the Frederick Douglass Bridge Project. Courtesy: DDOT

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced they will temporarily close a section of Potomac Avenue SW on the north side of the Frederick Douglass Bridge From Jan. 25 to Feb. 17.

Officials cut the ribbon on the $440 million-dollar project Tuesday, Sept. 7. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said it is the largest infrastructure project in the District history. The bridge officially opened to traffic Friday, Sept. 10 at approximately 11:00 p.m.

DDOT said the closures are necessary for construction activities associated with the South Capitol Street Corridor Project which includes the construction of the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and the reconstruction of the I-295 and Suitland Parkway interchange. A marked detour will be in place during the closure.

The bridge was completed earlier than scheduled. Both traffic circles wrap around park-like lawns. While the east oval is fully finished, these final closures facilitate the completion of the west oval and the final stages in demolition of the old South Capitol Bridge.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the area. For more information on DDOT’s construction on the 295 corridors, visit www.improving295dc.com. Get details about the project and the road to completion by visiting www.newfrederickdouglassbridge.com