While DDOT sorts out plans to build more Capitol Hill in the footprint of the former Southeast Freeway, the space has temporarily been restored for use as an east-west connection between 11th St. SE and Barney Circle (Pennsylvania Ave.) SE.
It's disappointing to defer this opportunity, though it's unclear how much of a setback the new configuration is. The old freeway was an extension of the busy 295/395/695 complex, but this version has a stoplight at 11th. It looks very similar to the old freeway and even uses some of the original pavement. It doesn't create new livable space, doesn't connect anything to the residential surrounding, but it isn't the same old raceway.