• Nick Cheolas

Monroe Street Bridge Project Updates

Last week, I sat down with the Monroe Street Bridge project team. A few updates:

  • The team hopes to complete the project in November 2019.

  • The bridge runs over both the CSX and WMATA train tracks, and carries several utility lines (communications, gas, and electric). This has added complexity to the bridge reconstruction, as work must be carefully coordinated with each organization – both the train tracks and utility lines are “live,” and certain work can only proceed once the project team obtains the required approvals. This has been a constant challenge.

  • The traffic signals at 8th and Monroe should be turned on soon – hopefully a matter of weeks. I’ve raised this issue with DDOT and the project team, as this is a heavily trafficked intersection (by vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists), and the sight lines are currently very poor.

  • The project team aims to provide at least 72-hour notice of bridge closures. Often, these closures involve partial closures of one lane – to move equipment or materials back and forth, for example. Because of the complex approval process and tight work windows, short notice is provided for certain closures. You can sign up for DDOT press releases here.

  • The north sidewalk on the new bridge will be three feet wider. And while the south sidewalk will not be wider, the utility poles have been removed (the existing utilities have been undergrounded), so there will be more pedestrian space on the south sidewalk as well.

  • At the same time, the utility lines crossing the bridge have been upgraded, which should provide increased reliability for neighborhoods on both sides of the bridge, and increased capacity for future development in nearby neighborhoods.

  • The project team reports that they have been coordinating with WABA, as 8th Street is a key link on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and local businesses during the course of the project.

For more information, please visit the Monroe Street Bridge project website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me (; 202.656.1324); DDOT Project Manager Aidin Sarabi (; 202.671.4576), and Community Outreach Coordinator Stacee Hemby (

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