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      11th Street Bridge project completed, two spans open by next week

      Both of the new spans should be open by next week. (Photo: DDOT)

      After two years of construction, the 11th Street Bridges are set to reopen.

      Mayor Vincent Gray, DDOT Director Terry Bellamy and other community leaders gathered at the foot of the new Anacostia River bridges to celebrate the completion of the largest project the District's transportation authority has ever undertaken.

      The two new bridges will connect the Southeast/Southwest Freeway to the Anacostia Freeway. The first, inbound span will open in time for the Monday morning rush hour, while the outbound span should be open next week.

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      "This project...is critical for connecting one city across the Anacostia River," Gray said. "These new spans will serve our residents, workers and visitors for decades to come."

      The project as a whole cost $300 million and Bellamy says the project stayed on budget.

      "This is our first design-build-to-budget bridge project in the District, and so far we are extremely pleased with the results," Bellamy said.

      A third bridge, scheduled for completion next summer, will connect Anacostia and Capitol Hill and include a path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

      DDOT expects the new 11th Street Bridges to carry nearly 180,000 vehicles per day by 2030 and serve as a key emergency evacuation route from Washington.