JMT's 11th Street Project Helps DC Earn Walk Friendly Designation
September 12, 2012Location: Washington, D.C.
Washington DC has been designated as a Gold Level Walk Friendly
Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
(PBIC). DC is one of nine cities recognized as Walk
Friendly Communities by the PBIC for commitment to improving
walkability and pedestrian safety, and more impressively DC was the
only city to receive the Gold Level status.
The District of Columbia was selected for this prestigious
status based on its high transit and walking mode share and
exceptional planning and engineering. The PBIC also recognized DC's
strong commitment to walkability based on the level of staffing and
public input for pedestrian issues.
The PBIC also singled out a few model programs and projects,
including the 11th Street Bridge project. JMT is the lead
designer for the Design-Build team, which is the largest
construction project in DDOT history. The project involves
replacing two bridges with three new bridges and two complex
interchanges. JMT is also responsible for all
pedestrian/bicyclist enhancements and landscape design for this
project as well as Visual Quality elements and ADA
compliance. The 11th Street project provides for enhanced
local pedestrian/bicycle connections by separating freeway and
local traffic on to separate bridges crossing the Anacostia River.
The new 11th Street Bridge reconnects the Anacostia and Capitol
Hill neighborhoods by providing a two-way local street with a
multi-use trail that affords views of the Anacostia River on
expanded overlooks placed on top of the piers from the existing
11th Street Bridge. The new bridge also provides for a future
streetcar service making a connection across the river.
The entire project is expected to open by the summer of 2015 and
will include lanes for local and through traffic, a shared
pedestrian/bicycle pathway, and space for future transit