Whitehurst Freeway

Whitehurst Freeway

Whitehurst Freeway

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The Whitehurst Freeway is an elevated highway over K Street and Water Street in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was built in 1949 to allow traffic on U.S. Route 29 and Canal Road to bypass heavily congested Georgetown between the Key Bridge and K Street downtown. Prior to construction of the freeway, the Georgetown waterfront experienced periods of prosperity and decline. The structure was built by engineer Archibald Alexander. It now carries US 29.

Proposed demolition

Redevelopment of the Georgetown waterfront began in 2008. Though the freeway was last rebuilt in a project ending in 1998, the Government of the District of Columbia has proposed demolishing the Whitehurst Freeway and upgrading K Street to a 4- or 6-lane through street. One engineering difficulty in doing so is to connect K Street to Canal Road, which is about above the waterfront. Another engineering difficulty is to connect K Street to the Key Bridge. To address the latter difficulty, architect Arthur Cotton Moore has proposed replacing the present ramp from the northbound Key Bridge to the eastbound Whitehurst Freeway with a spiral ramp that would loop under the Key Bridge before connecting to eastbound K Street.

Demolition study freeze

In 2007, Mayor Adrian Fenty halted plans for an environmental impact study for the...
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