Southeast Boulevard

Technically a part of the $90 million second phase of the 11th Street Bridges project, the creation of Southeast Blvd. received the green light in spring 2012, replacing the sunken portion of the Southeast Freeway east of 8th Street SE (seen at left) with a road that intersects with 11th Street at-grade, as well as bringing a series of additional movements to the 11th Street area. There is also slated to be a pedestrian/cycling path built alongside the new road as well.

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A March 2012 drawing from the DDOT/Skanska/Facchina team shows in detail the new ramps and flyovers around 11th Street from both phases of the project, along with how Southeast Blvd. will intersect with 11th Street. (A much larger version is available to really study in detail, if you wish.)

A cross-section view of how the Southeast Blvd. work will happen, with lots (and lots!) of dirt used to bring the new street to its intersection with 11th Street, before heading downhill toward Pennsylvania Avenue. (6/12)


This overhead view from above 11th Street shows the sunken Southeast Freeway lanes, which were all closed by early 2013 to allow the start of work on Southeast Blvd. The filling began in the distance where you see the cones, up to this location where I was standing. (6/12)


As of October 2013, the stretch of road seen in the previous photo no longer exists, and the 11th Street "bridge" across the sunken lanes, seen here, is well on its way to being an at-grade intersection, as lots and lots (and lots) of dirt have been brought in. Now dominating is the under-construction flyover to the outbound 11th Street freeway bridge. In the distance you can see the signs that mark the crest of the SE Freeway. (10/20/13) 



Another view of the west side of 11th Street over the sunken freeway, back in March 2011. (3/11)


The same location, now beneath the under-construction outbound flyover. There's no longer a fence, because the "bridge" is now level with the land to the west, thanks to lots of dirt. To the left is where traffic will arrive from the freeway.  (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Turning around and looking back toward 11th Street from the freeway, giving a sense of the amount of fill needed to bring the road up to 11th Street, which is the green-spanned overpass at center. (Less than what it seems like when you're looking down from 11th Street!) (9/14/12)


It's not just 11th Street that is seeing a lot of changes with this project. On the northeast corner of 8th and Virginia, demolition has removed the old on-ramp to the outbound freeway (far right), and created space between lanes of the existing freeway where the on-ramp will be moved (left). At center is the old approach to the outbound flyer, which will now be the beginning of the off-ramp from the freeway onto Southeast Blvd. and to the intersection at 11th Street. (10/20/13) 


A May 2013 photo from 9th and Virginia showing how the dirt has been filled in to make the inbound embankment seem to barely rise above ground-level, in comparison to how high it was when built alongside the sunken freeway. See more May 2013 construction photos here. (5/26/13)


The fill dirt was already being stockpiled back in September, in the median of the freeway. (9/14/12)


The filling-in is not quite as far along to the east of 11th Street. On this stretch, the new Boulevard will connect to a refashioned Barney Circle, although that particular design has not yet been decided on. (5/26/13)



A wider view from 11th Street to the east. (3/11)


The same location, now with new flyover ramps dominating. (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Standing on what used to be the westbound lanes of the SE Freeway, at about 13th Street. Work had already begun on bringing in fill dirt before the eastbound lanes were closed. What's also sort-of seen here is the work to dismantle a ramp up to 11th Street that had started to be built during the 11th Street Bridges first phase, but was abandoned once the second phase was awarded. Oops. (9/14/12)


Turning around and looking back at the eastern portion of the freeway, with the fill dirt peeking out of the remainder of the embankment that used to lead to the outbound ramp from RFK to the 11th Street Bridge. (Presumably that will be demolished?) (9/14/12)



As part of the construction of both the boulevard and the new outbound freeway flyover to the 11th Street Bridges, the on ramp to the freeway at 8th Street SE will be closed. (1/27/13)


The same location, with ramp demolition underway. (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Also closing is the ramp from 9th Street SE to the eastbound freeway toward Pennsylvania Avenue. (1/27/13)


The same location, with the ramp long since closed and demolition of the old outbound flyover changing the view. (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Plans are also on the boards to extend 12th Street SE north of M to connect it to Southeast Blvd., allowing drivers exiting I-695 at the M Street/Navy Yard exit to continue northbound and then turn left or right on SE Blvd, toward either Barney Circle or 11th Street. This is the 12th and M intersection, looking north, in 2008, before the ramps to and from RFK were demolished. (8/23/08)


The same location, cleared of the RFK ramps, but awaiting the start of the extension. The Potomac Gardens public housing project is in the distance, but it is north of the Southeast Blvd. footprint and will remain unaffected by this construction. (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



While not technically part of the Southeast Blvd. construction, this new ramp from 11th Street to the westbound SE Freeway, which opened in December 2012, is part of the makeover that this stretch of 11th Street is receiving as part of the 11th Street Bridges project. (1/6/13)




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