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South Capitol Street Project

Public Hearing
January 22, 2015

I. Welcome

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

Tonights Agenda
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Sign-In and Open House


Presentation
Public Comment
Adjournment

Public Hearing Presentation


I. Public Hearing Purpose Delmar Lytle, P.E.
II. Reasons for Design Changes Delmar Lytle,
P.E.
III. Proposed Project Design Delmar Lytle,
P.E.
IV. Environmental Review Process Brian
McMahon
V. Staying Involved Delmar Lytle, P.E.

I. Public Hearing Purpose

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

NEPA Studies and Planning


Final Environmental Impact
Statement (FEIS) signed March
22, 2011
Hearings April 26 and 28, 2011
Revised Preferred Alternative

NEPA Studies and Planning


Supplemental Draft
Environmental Impact
Statement (SDEIS)
Same Purpose and Need
Notice of Availability published
December 19, 2014
45-Day Public Comment Period
Ending February 2, 2015

II. Reasons for Design Changes

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

Reasons for Design Changes


Acquisition of 5.2 acres of
at the JBAB.

Reasons for Design Changes


Realignment of a privatelyoperated helipad

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Reasons for Design Changes


Reconstruction of a 65-yearold levee

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Reasons for Design Changes


Relocation of two fiber
optic cables and a 69kilovolt PEPCO power
cable

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Reasons for Design Changes


Remediation of
contaminated soils

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Reasons for Design Changes


Investigation of navigation
requirements for movable
bridge

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Reasons for Design Changes


Substantial cost savings

Revised Preferred Alternative

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III. Project Design

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

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South Capitol Street Improvements

New Frederick Douglass


Memorial Bridge (FDMB)

Demolition of existing FDMB

New traffic ovals at west and east


ends of FDMB

Upgraded I-295 and Suitland


Parkway, I-695 and South Capitol
Street and MLK Boulevard, SE and
Suitland Parkway interchanges

Improved bikeway and pedestrian


facilities

New drainage and stormwater


management

Significant landscaping and


streetscape

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Roadway Network

Conversion of South Capitol


Street to grand, urban
boulevard

Additional inbound lane on


bridge

New traffic ovals at west and


east ends of FDMB

Upgraded I-295 and Suitland


Parkway interchange

Modified ramps at I-695 and


South Capitol Street

Upgraded MLK Boulevard, SE


and Suitland Parkway
interchange
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New Frederick Douglass Memorial


(FDMB)
Existing bridge
Movable (swing)
Needs replacement
Remain open
To be demolished
Proposed bridge
Fixed (not movable)
42foot clearance
Parallel alignment
30 south of existing
bridge
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Key Differences
New Alignment

SDEIS
Alignment

FEIS
Alignment

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Key Differences
East Traffic Oval

SDEIS
Alignment

FEIS
Alignment

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Key Differences
No impact on JBAB

SDEIS
Alignment

FEIS
Alignment

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Benefits
Enhanced corridor appearance
Improved pedestrian and bike access
and trail connections
Reduced bridge construction cost,
maintenance and operating costs
Less property acquisition
Fewer anticipated impacts
Reduced risks to schedule
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IV. Environmental Process

Brian McMahon
SDEIS Project Manager
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Supplemental EIS
DDOT is applicant and FHWA is lead Federal agency
Supplements most recently distributed version of the
draft or final EIS
Prepared for changes, new information, or further
developments on a project which result in new
significant environmental impacts and new
alternative
Reviewed and distributed same as a draft and final
EIS

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SDEIS includes
Same Purpose and Need
Description of Revised Preferred
Alternative
Updated study area and
assessment of impacts
Proposed adjustments to
mitigation measures
Summary of agency coordination
and public involvement
Updated compliance with :
Section 106 of the National
Historic Preservation Act
Section 4(f) of the U.S.
Department of Transportation Act

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Affected Environment
Change for:

No Change for:

Community Cohesion and Facilities

Air Quality

Cultural Resources

Economy and Employment

Environmental Justice

Geology, Topography, and Soils

Floodplains

Noise

Hazardous Materials

Water Quality

Land Use

Wildlife and Habitat

Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities

Visual Quality

Threatened and Endangered Species


Traffic and Transportation
Wetlands
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Historic Properties
Expanded Area of Potential
Effect (APE)
Determination of Eligibility for
Skyline Hotel as Historic
Resource
Adverse Effect on Lenfant Plan
for the City of Washington

Restoration of Reservation 245

Monitor noise and vibration


during construction
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Parkland
Improve access road to
Anacostia Park
Demolish existing ramps
Create contiguous park
space
Enhance landscaping and
signage
Reduce impervious area
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Additional Impacts
Water Quality
Construction of bridge piers
Land Use
Acquisition of Right of Way
Operations of Fuel Pier
Hazardous Materials
Contaminated soils and groundwater
Unexploded ordinances
Traffic
Multimodal during construction
Wetlands
Small wetland along I-295
Wildlife and Habitats
Peregrine Falcon and Osprey nests

Image source: Washington Post

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Improved Pedestrian and


Bicycle Facilities
Separate sidewalks and bike
paths on both sides of FDMB
Grade separated access under
Interstate 295 Ramp D
Pedestrian bridge over Suitland
Parkway
Firth Sterling Trail connecting
South Capitol Street and
Anacostia Metrorail Station
Pedestrian staircases from
FDMB to Anacostia Riverwalk
Trail
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Improved Visual Quality


Significant
landscaping and
streetscape
improvements
Visual quality
criteria and manual
for design

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Good Decision
Elimination or minimization of risks
Reduced environmental impacts
Substantial costs savings

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Key Stakeholders
Local communities and
residents
Businesses
Motorists, bicyclists
and pedestrians

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Key Agencies
U.S. Coast Guard*
U.S. Navy*
Army Corps of Engineers*
National Park Service*
District Department of the
Environment*
National Capital Planning
Commission*

State Historic Preservation


Office
NOAA National Marine
Fisheries Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service
Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority
DC Water
Commission on Fine Arts

* Cooperating Agency

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Next Steps
FHWA and DDOT consider
public comments Prepares
Supplemental Final
Environmental Impact
Statement (SFEIS)
FHWA decision on revised
design - Publishes Record of
Decision (ROD)
DDOT proceeds with
permitting, design and
construction
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V. Stay Involved

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

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Staying Involved

Provide verbal comments tonight

Fill out comment cards and return


by February 2, 2015.

For more information, visit


www.southcapitoleis.com
or
www.anacostiawaterfront.org/South
CapitolStreetCorridor

Receive project updates, ask


questions or comment:
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email list
o Email: ddot.awi@dc.gov
o Call: 202-741-8528
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Public Hearing

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

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Public Hearing

Sign-in
3 minute time limit
All comments recorded
Questions answered in SFEIS
Comment cards
8:30 adjournment

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Thank You

Delmar Lytle, P.E.


AWI Program Manager

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