The South Capitol Street Corridor Project calls for replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming related sections of urban freeway into a beautiful scenic boulevard that increases pedestrian and vehicular safety, improves multi-modal transportation options, increases community accessibility and supports economic development on both ends of the Anacostia River.
While preliminary engineering and right-of-way land acquisition for the project have been underway since January 2012, final federal environmental approval and construction funding are still pending. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) anticipates procuring a design-build contract for constructing initial phases of the project in 2015.
On June 13, 2013, DDOT issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from contractors for design-build construction of Segments 1 and 2. This was the first step of a two step procurement process for the project. DDOT will evaluate Statements of Qualification from proposer teams and short-list up to four teams. The four teams will be invited to participate in the second step of the procurement process to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013.
To best manage financing costs and potential construction impacts, DDOT has divided the project into five segments that are to be designed and constructed in two phases.
Estimated to cost about $608 million, Phase 1 includes Segments 1 and 2. Segment 1 consists of replacing the existing Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge and its approaches with a new bridge and approaches. Segment 2 consists of constructing a new Suitland Parkway/I-295 Interchange. Phase 2 includes the three remaining segments that are to be advanced in future years at total cost of about $300 million.
|Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Signed||March 2011|
|Record of Decision (ROD) Signed||Pending|
|Began Preliminary Engineering||January 2012|
|Began Land Acquisition Process||January 2012|
|Issued Request for Qualifications for Design-Build Construction of Segments 1 and 2||June 2013|