As of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, Ramp H, which gives I-295 NB access, has been opened up for public traffic use. Ramp H is one of nine ramps that are part of the project’s scope.
Around 75% of the shared-use path has been completed as of August 2021. It is not ready for public use yet, but it will be soon! Most of the retaining walls and the pedestrian hand railings have now been installed. We have also started installing new landscaping and streetlights along the pathway.
We wanted to share a few updates on our On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program. In total, there have been 11 graduates, 10 of whom live in DC and one in Maryland. Seven of those DC graduates are currently employed.
As of May 2021, 0.64 miles of the shared use path have been built. It will be 10 feet wide and 1.3 miles long, stretching the entire interchange from the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters to the intersection of South Capitol Street SE and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. It will have pull-off areas, revegetation zones, benches, improved lighting, pedestrian hand railings, and green space buffer zones between pedestrians and traffic. Most of the retaining walls and pedestrian hand railings have been installed. By mid-2021, we will begin seeing new landscaping and streetlights along the 0.5 mile stretch of the pathway.
The Malcolm X On-The-Job Training Program provides training opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged persons in the highway construction industry. As of March 2021, there are six On-The-Job Training Program trainees enrolled in the program. Five out of six trainees are District residents, and one trainee is a woman. 90% of those who graduated overall live in the District, and 50% of those who graduated are women. Visit ddot.dc.gov/page/job-training-program for more information.
Pictured on the left is the progress being made on the interchange’s south loop. It is located between Shepherd Parkway to the east and I-295 to the west. Motorists on this route are headed northbound; they merge onto I-295 after traveling beneath the bridge.