Norton to Speak at Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, Tomorrow
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who has been “squirrelling federal funding” for more than 10 years to rebuild the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, will join District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to speak at the new bridge’s groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, noon, at 1650 South Capitol Street SE. Norton used her role on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to accumulate the majority federal funding (60 percent) for the bridge during each appropriations cycle. She thanked her good friend and colleague Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for helping her get some of the initial funding. The South Capitol Street bridge is the largest construction project in the city’s history.
“The South Capitol Street Bridge is a vital gateway to the nation’s capital, both to our neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8, as well as to our new revenue-producing projects—the Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront and the Yards on the Southeast Waterfront,” Norton said. “This dual-purpose crossing bridge is as vital to our residents and commuters as it is to the District’s economy on both sides. This bridge, which would not have been possible without the majority of funding from the federal government, will stand in rebuttal to President Trump’s proposal today to shift the lion’s share of infrastructure funding to states and localities.”