Contact (Media Only): Erik Linden (202) 671-2004 and Karyn LeBlanc (202) 671-3490
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold a media briefing and availability announcing the ahead-of-schedule reopening of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (sometimes referred to as the South Capitol Street Bridge).
The reopening follows this summer’s major bridge renovation and lowering of the bridge’s northern approach. The bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic and pedestrians during overnight hours Wednesday night/Thursday morning, in time for the morning rush hour on Thursday, August 30.
The reopening of this major commute route is expected to provide much needed relief to the thousands of residents and commuters who used alternate routes or modes of travel in and out of the District of Columbia this summer. This congestion relief comes ahead of schedule and in time for the busy fall commute season, following the Labor Day holiday.
Media Briefing Opportunities August 29 Wednesday at 2:30 pm
- Invited speakers including District of Columbia officials, District Councilmembers, DDOT Director Emeka Moneme and DDOT engineers.
- Up-close views onto and around the newly lowered Douglass Bridge and overall progress on the bridge’s ongoing renovation.
Media Availability Opportunities August 30 Thursday morning
- Interviews with DDOT project leaders.
- Up-close view of first traffic on reopened Douglass Bridge.
||Media Briefing on Wednesday, August 29th at 2:30 pm|
Media Availability on Thursday, August 30th between 6 am and 9 am
Northern side of the Frederick Douglass Bridge, at the new at-grade intersection of Potomac Avenue and South Capitol Streets.
Driving Directions From M Street, SW:
- Take Half Street, Southwest, toward Anacostia River
- Left at Potomac Avenue
- Park in reserved parking area on left side of Potomac Avenue and walk to intersection of Potomac Avenue and South Capitol Streets.
Microwave trucks Only – May drive across South Capitol Street and park on the SouthEAST side of Potomac Avenue