Why eliminate the underpass?
The two main reasons given in the various planning studies for eliminating the South Capitol Street Underpass at M Street are:
making the area more pedestrian friendly providing a more dignified setting for St. Vincent De Paul Church
More pedestrian friendly?
Eliminating the underpass would increase vehicular-pedestrian conflict at M Street, as well as the streets to the south, where the median barrier would also be eliminated to allow pedestrians to cross at N Street.
But since N Street is right between the South Capitol Street Underpass and the
That is, until that segment of vehicular viaduct, is torn down, as was planned to happen in about 2014 after the replacement bridge was built alongside to the south. However, the supplemental $47-118 million interim plan would accelerate this viaduct segment’s demolition to 2006.
In light of their close proximity, one must run through the different possibilities for this underpass and this viaduct. Eliminating the viaduct first, or at least building a northbound ramp to
A more dignified setting for
Eliminating the underpass eliminates the depressed approaches that representatives of
But eliminating the underpass is not required to address the underpass/viaduct proximity issues, nor is it required for eliminating the depressed approaches.
With officials stating their objectives as making