Gray Opens New Ramp To 11th Street Bridge

7/31/2012, 12:08 p.m.

New Ramp Will Save Time and Reduce Traffic on Local Streets

In a long-awaited ceremony, Mayor Vincent C. Gray officially opened a ramp from southbound DC 295 the inbound 11th Street Bridge on Monday that will decrease commuters' travel times, reduce cut-through traffic on local streets and further efforts to create a sustainable, world-class waterfront in the District of Columbia.

"Under my administration, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is providing historic results for our residents through the 11th Street Bridge Project and larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI)," said Mayor Gray. "In opening this ramp, we are providing a long-missing direct connection between two major freeways that will significantly decrease commuter travel times, reduce traffic in local neighborhoods and foster revitalization and economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River."

In celebrating the milestone -- which comes during DDOT's 10th anniversary year -- Mayor Gray led a contingent that included DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, federal partners and local community representatives in a ceremonial first drive from southbound DC 295 over the ramp and across the inbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

The new ramp could cut 10 minutes off the trip of the average daily commuter. Projected over a full work year, the time savings adds up to an extra 43 hours per commuter.

"Completing these missing freeway connections -- and the benefits they provide -- is a cornerstone of the 11th Street Bridge Project and a fundamental reason why it was the first major bridge and roadway project undertaken as part of DDOT's AWI program," said Bellamy. "Infrastructure improvements are critical to making communities on both sides of the Anacostia more livable and connecting them across the river."