DC unveils design for Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge crossing the Anacostia

DC unveils design for Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge crossing the Anacostia. (ABC7)

Along the Southeast Waterfront, where construction is booming, the largest public construction project in DC's history is about to get underway.

"This is a huge milestone for the District," says DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo.

Today, DC leaders unveiled the design for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge which will be built next to and replace the 68-year-old existing Anacostia River crossing. That bridge will then be torn down.

The new bridge, a connection between Wards 6 and 8 will feature three large arches and oval public spaces on either side.

"The oval on the west side of the bridge will function more like Dupont circle and have passive recreation and a formal park space," adds Dormsjo.

The new bridge will also add some capacity, adding an additional lane for traffic and increase the space for cyclists and pedestrians.

Braedon Graham walks the bridge often with his dog.

"I've been walking my dog and we've had to move out of the way for bikers and runners and so it will be more accessible, " says Graham.

The project also calls for reconstructing the Suitland Parkway and DC 295 interchange.

Construction is expected to begin next year with a projected completion in 2021.

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