The first span of the new 11th Street Bridge in Southeast D.C. is finally open.
Officials with D.C.'s Department of Transportation call the project the largest DDOT has ever undertaken -- a $300 million project to replace the 11th street bridge over the Anacostia River.
The inbound span opened over the weekend and it will allow commuters to access downtown D.C. from interstate 295. Next week, the outbound bridge will open. The two spans essentially replace the old ones.
Transportation officials say drivers will really feel the impact of the project when the third and final span of the bridge opens next summer, providing a direction connection between neighborhoods on both sides of the river. That bridge will also have space for pedestrians and bicyclists.