Southbound 295 ramp on 11th street bridge opens

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray opened a long-anticipated ramp from southbound D.C. 295 to the inbound 11th Street Bridge with the aim of cutting commuters’ travel times.

"Under my administration, the District Department of Transportation 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," Gray said.

The opening of the ramp comes during DDOT's 10th anniversary year. Following the ceremonial crossing, the ramp officially opened to the public Monday afternoon.

Both DC-295 and the Southeast-Southwest Freeway/Interstate 395 were built in the 1960s, but until now were not directly linked to each other.