DDOT: South Capitol Street Corridor Project Informational Update Meeting Scheduled Tonight!

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday night, July 30 to update the public about the design, phasing and schedule of the largest project in its history – the South Capitol Street Corridor Project – which includes replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming the city’s southernmost entrance into a grand urban boulevard.

To manage the $908 million cost and minimize construction impacts, DDOT divided the project into five segments to be constructed in two phases. In June 2013, the agency issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to contractors for design-build construction of Phase 1, which is estimated to cost a total of $600 million and includes:

  • Segment 1:  Replacing the Douglass Bridge and constructing traffic ovals on either end and
  • Segment 2:  Reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/Interstate-295 Interchange.


Phase 2, anticipated to cost an additional total of $300 million and be advanced in future years, includes:

  • Segment 3: Constructing a new Suitland Parkway/Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE Interchange,
  • Segment 4: Reconstructing South Capitol Street into a grand urban boulevard south of Independence Avenue SE/SW with a new at-grade intersection at M Street SE, and
  • Segment 5: Improving the New Jersey Avenue SE streetscape.


What:                   South Capitol Street Corridor Project Information Update Meeting


When:                  Tuesday, July 30, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Where:                Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 “I” Street, SW


Metro:                 Green Line (Navy Yard-Ballpark)


The South Capitol Street Corridor is one in a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI). From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. For more information about the project and to follow its progress, please visit www.anacostiawaterfront.org/SouthCapitolStreetCorridor.


To join the project’s community contact list or ask questions, please email ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202-741-8528. To view the RFQ, please visit http://ddot.dc.gov/procurement. All technical questions or requests for clarification regarding the RFQ must be submitted to the attention of SCS Technical Questions at: DDOT-SCSTQ@DC.GOV.

DCA: School Supplies Drive for Houston Elementary School

The Deanwood Citizens Association (DCA) is calling on neighborhood residents, businesses and houses of worship to support the only remaining traditional public school in Deanwood.  We are sponsoring a back-to-school drive to provide students with the necessary school supplies:

  • pencils, pens, markers, crayons
  • composition notebooks, three-ring binders
  • rulers, liquid glue and glue sticks
  • backpacks and lunch bags

Purchase the school supplies, drop off at the leasing office at 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, or call and we will pick them up. Donations can be made to the Deanwood Citizens Association and supplies will be purchased to fill in the gaps.

We would like to receive donations as early as possible in August, ideally by August 16th.  However, we will accept contributions at any time.

For information, call

David Smith, President at 202 903-4735

Linda Y. Fisher, Treasurer at 202 397-3323

FYI – Take the Soccer Stadium Proposal Survey


Councilmember Bonds is interested in receiving feedback from District residents on the recently announced proposal to locate a 20,000 seat soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, Southwest, Washington, D.C. She has created an online survey to learn your opinions.

Please take this brief online survey to share your views of the proposal by visiting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/96LMQPN. Comments are welcome.

Recognizing the significance of the announcement and the importance of providing District residents with information, the Mayor has directed that the term sheet be made available to the public. The link is http://oca.gov/soccer.


The DC Department of Public Works will hold its next monthly Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding drop-off Saturday, August 3, 8 am to 3 pm, at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station*. The monthly drop-off is held every first Saturday, except holidays, at Ft. Totten, between 8 am and 3 pm.

During the monthly HHW/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding event, District residents may bring toxic items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment. Personal document shredding also is available that day and residents may bring up to five boxes of materials to be shredded. No business or commercial material will be accepted.

To accommodate residents whose religious beliefs prohibit them from using the Saturday drop-off, DPW will accept household hazardous waste and e-cyclables on Thursday, August 1 from 1 pm to 5 pm. While DPW normally offers personal document shredding during the Saturday event, items for shredding cannot be accepted on Thursday, August 1 because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on Saturday. (DPW usually provides this alternate drop-off day the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month.) For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at www.dpw.dc.gov.

DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Ft. Totten. Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops. Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells, containing lithium. To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries’ terminals. Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape. Examples are pictured on the next page. Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that don’t require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries.

*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street. Directions from additional locations can be found at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414922.