Anacostia Freeway at South Capitol Street Rehabilitation Meeting

South Capitol Under Anacostia Freeway. Photo: Google

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold a public meeting on the rehabilitation of the Anacostia Freeway Bridges over South Capitol Street. This is your opportunity to discuss potential bicycling and pedestrian access beneath these bridges and along the I-295 corridor. 

The meeting is Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic Street SW.

While the meeting likely focuses on the I-295 Freeway, DDOT has a Draft Concept Plan for a South Capitol Street Trail, issued December 2010. According to the plan, the trail run along the corridor connecting Shepherd Parkway and the Oxon Run trail on Overlook Avenue, which runs parallel to I-295, along South Capitol street to the end of the existing trail at Firth Sterling Avenue. The proposed trail would be at least 10 feet wide and could potentially remove or reduce vehicle travel lane width.

The current trail plan does not contain access to South Capitol Street under the freeway bridge. The news bridge may offer this alternative, allowing residents of Washington Highlands, Bellview and Congress Heights potential access to a future pedestrian or bicycle trail.

Below is the current draft plan published December 2016.