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District Department of Transportation Program Manager Ali Shakeri works on phase one of the New York Avenue Bridge reconstruction, which was begun in April 2011 and is expected to be completed in late Septermber. Officials hope to finish the entire $40 million project by 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

District Department of Transportation Program Manager Ali Shakeri works on phase one of the New York Avenue Bridge reconstruction, which was begun in April 2011 and is expected to be completed in late Septermber. Officials hope to finish the entire $40 million project by 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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