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Southeast Boulevard

Proposed reconfiguration of the route between 11th St. SE and Barney Circle
Technically part of the 11th Street Bridges's Phase 2, greenlighted in 2012

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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)
Basically the same location in July 2014, with the new ramp to 11th Street open. (7/22/14)
Methinks that the green band under "11th St. SE" is hiding a "Southeast Blvd." label! (7/28/14)
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)
And now the high flyover at right in the above photo is gone, replaced with this ramp down to 11th Street. Outbound traffic now uses the new flyover at left. (7/22/14)
The northeast corner of 8th and Virginia used to have this on-ramp to the outgoing freeway. (1/27/13)
October 5, 2014 - The same location, with that ramp demolished, the new off-ramp to 11th Street behind the grassy berm, and the new on-ramp to the outbound freeway at far left.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
There also used to be a ramp from 9th Street SE to the eastbound sunken freeway toward Pennsylvania Avenue. (1/27/13)
October 5, 2014 - The same location, with the ramp long since closed and construction completed on the new 11th Street SE ramp. Click to see all available photos of this location.
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)
  December 13, 2014 - The same location, now with new flyover ramps dominating. 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)
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)
  December 13, 2014 - 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. Click to see all available photos of this location.
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