The Monroe Street Bridge Reconstruction project involves the reconstruction of the three-span Monroe Street bridge originally built in 1931. Although the bridge received a major rehabilitation in 1974, today the aged bridge is severely cracked and depressed, and there is extensive damage and corrosion to the concrete. This project will eliminate these problems by reconstructing a new bridge over the CSX and WMATA railroad tracks, as well as the Brookland-CUA Metro Station along with associated roadway improvements.
Fort Myer Construction is the prime contractor on this project and will be responsible for many of these changes such as:
- Reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge and the addition of two proposed bike lanes.
- Construct new sidewalks, curb & gutter, lighting and traffic signals.
- Removal of overhead power lines that will be relocated underground
- Landscape and streetscape work including the installation of bio-retention facilities and plantings.
This project will involve not just replacing the bridge, but the construction of new sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping in the area. Pedestrians will have the opportunity to walk, bike, and drive in this area more safely. The project will repair sidewalks on 7th, 8th, and 9th streets between Monroe and Lawrence and there will be better lighting and timed traffic signals for crossing the street. All these improvements will make this area a great place to enjoy family outings, safer commutes to the metro, and a more desirable community in which to live.