11th Street Bridge Now Has 50 Percent More Capacity

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11th Street Bridge shown under construction. (credit: District Dept. of Transportation)

11th Street Bridge shown under construction. (credit: District Dept. of Transportation)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The best part of the weekend may come Friday morning for thousands of commuters in the Washington area as the District Department of Transportation adds a third lane for traffic coming off the 11th Street Bridge and onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

The new flyover ramp is part of the overall 11th Street Bridge Project, which began in December 2009. The total cost of the six-year project is $390 million, according to DDOT.

“The completion of the third lane is a major milestone for this project,” DDOT Director Terry Bellamy said. “This adds 50 percent more capacity, which will help with some of the delays that motorists have been experiencing for the last several months.”

Officials have long believed a lack of a third lane significantly contributed to inbound backups.

Crews will now begin to demolish the old inbound structure.

credit: District Dept. of Transportation

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So far drivers are beyond enthusiastic about the change.

Experience The New Drive

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