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About The Project

Starting in October 2016, the two-year, rehabilitation of the Francis Scott Key Bridge will ensure the structural integrity of the iconic structure that connects historic Georgetown and modern Rosslyn. Built in 1923, the graceful arched structure is the District’s oldest bridge over the Potomac River and its six lanes carry over 60,000 vehicles each day.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) performs routine thorough inspections and condition assessments of all bridges in the District. The results of recent inspections of the Key Bridge identified areas needing repair and maintenance, including cracks in the concrete deck and some of the abutments, arches and piers.

The majority of construction activity will take place underneath the bridge with minimal interference to vehicle and bicycle traffic on the surface and boat traffic below. The work includes:

  • Repairing the concrete superstructure

  • Encapsulating the bridge’s footings
  • Enhancing the barriers between the bike-pedestrian paths and traffic lanes

  • Installing new street lights and poles

  • Adding anti-graffiti measures

  • Resurfacing a small section of roadway on the Virginia approach to the bridge.

Work affecting traffic will take place only during middays and overnights. DDOT’s rehabilitation project is essential to ensuring that the Key Bridge continues to serve as a vital part of the District’s transportation network for generations to come.

PROJECT UPDATES

 

Project Schedule Two-Week Look Ahead

October 22nd – November 24th

  • Removal and repainting of bridge’s steel railing 
  • Concrete Repair on the bridges north abutment
  • Demolition and concrete repair on the bridge Piers 3 and 4
  • Concrete Repair on the bridge deck pedestal, floor beams and soffits