I called it! Sort of.
Back in 2009 when DDOT held a presser to start work on the 11th Street Bridge I wrote
When I asked about the upstream span and the possibility of repurposing it, I was told that DDOT had not ruled that out yet. That would be a great idea. DC would save the cost of demolition and could put that towards maintenance - which would be less without car traffic. Then they could give it the High Line treatment, creating a space with plantings, art etc.. And cyclists could use that part too.
Well, everything is coming together just as I foretold (update: Except that it is the downstream bridge, not the upstream one). DPW OP will be holding a meeting on March 28, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at 1100 4th Street, SW about the potential of redesigning the bridge as the 11th Street Recreation Bridge (For more information, please email [email protected] or call202.442.8965.).
The new bridge would have space for several different activities and one of them identified is as an additional bike/ped crossing.
Anyway, I know a lot of people claim they don't like to say I told you so...but I am not one of them. And there is a regular reader/commenter, and you know who you are, to whom I am saying - good-naturedly (and mostly because you tend to be right about these things) - "I told you so."