KEY BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION

O say, can you see...the repairs being made to the Key Bridge?!

The Key Bridge underwent a thorough inspection and condition assessment which identified areas requiring repair and maintenance. The Francis Scott Key Bridge Rehabilitation Project will address those issues over the next two years, with work slated to begin at the end of September 2016 to maintain the structural integrity and reduce further damage from the continued deterioration and aging of the structure.

What's the Scoop on the Scope?

The Key Bridge Rehabilitation Project scope of work includes:

  • Repairing the bridge’s concrete deck
  • Repairing concrete superstructure
  • Repairing structural steel
  • Encapsulating the bridge’s footings with fiber-reinforced polymer jackets
  • Replacing or repairing joints
  • Painting the existing pedestrian fence
  • Retrofitting barriers to improve safety
  • Grouting and sealing cracks
  • Repairing the bridge’s drainage system
  • Installing new LED street lights and poles
  • Applying anti-graffiti treatment to bridge piers 

Can We Get the Makeover Without the Mess?

As much as possible, that's the goal! The Key Bridge deck work will take place during off-peak hours to minimize traffic impact. Additionally, work will be phased to limit impact on trail and river users. DDOT will be working with stakeholders to minimize construction impacts. If you have any questions, Joe Chukwueke is DDOT’s main point of contact onsite and can be reached at 202-550-6675.

Bridging the Gap

The Francis Scott Key Bridge—flanked by Georgetown and Rosslyn—is a great example of a dynamic urban landmark connecting local and regional functions such as recreation, shopping, dining, commuter travel, entertainment and hospitality. So the next time you're in desperate need of some elevator small talk, you can say the iconic Classical Revival style arch bridge is the oldest bridge across the Potomac River within D.C. To get even more nerdy: Completed in 1923, then updated and altered in 1939, 1955 and 1987, today the Key Bridge is a six-lane reinforced concrete and steel open-spandrel arch bridge that carries approximately 62,000 vehicles each day. It's an important bridge!

It's Electric!

A little Electric Slide humor before we share more construction news with you. During this time, PEPCO is also upgrading underground equipment near the Key Bridge to increase electric capacity and improve reliability in the area. The Georgetown Conversion Reliability Project (say that three times fast) will begin in September 2016, with Phase 1 completion expected by winter 2017.

During this time, PEPCO will install new conduit and man holes on Water Street NW from 34th Street NW to Wisconsin Ave. NW. The second phase—to be completed in August 2017—will focus on installing new conduit on Water Street NW from Wisconsin Ave. to 27th Street NW. One scheduled outage will be required at the end of each phase of the project to energize the new cables. PEPCO will notify customers 48 hours before these scheduled outages. 

PEPCO is committed to minimizing impacts to residents and the community, but installation of the equipment may require lane closures and parking restrictions in some areas. Expected work hours will be Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact PEPCO Public Affairs Manager Travoris Culpepper with questions.