MONROE STREET BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION
Location: 9th and Monroe Street NE, Washington, DC
Client: District Department of Transportation
The Monroe Street Bridge Reconstruction project involved the reconstruction of the three-span Monroe Street Bridge originally built in 1931. Although the bridge received a major rehabilitation in 1974, the aged bridge was severely cracked and depressed with the concrete sustaining extensive damage and corrosion. This project eliminated these problems by reconstructing a new bridge over the CSX and WMATA railroad tracks as well as the Brookland-CUA Metro Station. FMCC also performed associated roadway improvements (including concrete and asphalt placement). While performing work on-site, FMCC put shielding in place over the WMATA tracks. FMCC crews always included a flagger to keep personnel away from the tracks. In addition, all FMCC personnel who worked around WMATA completed an 8-hour safety certification course.
This was a multi-phased project that required extensive planning and construction expertise. In our role as prime contractor, FMCC performed the complete reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge using structural concrete, the construction of new sidewalks and two bike lanes using 9.5mm and 12.5mm asphalt, the performance of curb and gutter work, the installation of lighting, traffic and pedestrian signals, green infrastructure drainage systems, bioretention soil for water filtration, and ornamental safety fencing, the removal of overhead power lines that were relocated underground, landscaping, and streetscape work.
The scope of this project required meticulous scheduling and coordination between FMCC, its subcontractors, WMATA, CSX, the Brookland-CUA Metro Station, and DDOT. The final schedule permitted FMCC to work for only two hours a night throughout the project. However, FMCC remained on schedule and often ahead of task.
The project’s new features permitted improvements to the area’s safety by providing traffic-goers, metro travelers, and pedestrians with better lighting, timed traffic signals for crossing the street, smoothly paved roads and sidewalks, a space to enjoy family outings, and safer commutes to the metro. All of these enhancements make this area a more desirable community in which to live.