Official planning was already active on an upcoming project to replace the existing
Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.Frank Lohen McCrery, Architects Justice & Sustainability Associates, L.L.C. Joseph Passonneau & Partners
This October 2004 report includes a ballpark addendum.Previously, traffic would continue to be routed on the existing bridge until the completion of the new bridge built alongside to the south that would touchdown to the surface at the intersection of South Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue, to direct traffic to Half and 1st Streets SE, allowing the existing viaduct to be then removed. Placing the stadium between South Capitol and 1st Streets,
The ballpark addendum changes this by adding an interim project that would re-route traffic via demolishing the northernmost portion of the South Capitol Street Bridge that runs along the South Capitol axis, and reconstructing its connection to the surface with new elevated ramps to 1st Street via Potomac Avenue, with two additional options for a connection to South Capitol Street touching down either just north or south of Potomac Avenue.
The estimated costs of these 3 options, the first estimated to take 3.2 years, the others 6 years, are
$47.1 to $73.6 million: Touchdown to
1st street SEonly:
$56.4 to 107 million: Touchdown to
1st Street SEand South Capitol Streetto the north of Potomac Avenue
$85 to 118.9 million: Touchdown to
1st Street SEand South Capital Street southof Potomac Avenue.
With these ramps to be demolished within 3 years of their completion, they would cost an upwards of $6.3 million per year (6 lanes divided by $119 million equals $19 million per lane, divided by 3 equals $6.3 million per year of use), owing to their short life span.
Funding for this interim project, would come from its inclusion within the broader
Here’s one for Taxpayers for Common Sense: has anyone crunched the numbers for this interim project and compared them to others?