Section of D.C. Hiker-Biker Trail Under Construction
The ground near the elevated Metrorail looks desolate now, but someday, in the dreams of hikers and bikers, it will be the Metropolitan Branch Trail, connecting Silver Spring and Union Station, eight miles away. Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and other D.C. officials broke ground on the latest section of trail.
This is a 1.5 mile stretch from New York Avenue to Franklin Street NE. It will go over Florida Avenue, under New York Avenue and over Rhode Island Avenue, thus avoiding 18 lanes of heavy traffic. The section should be done in late summer.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail is to hikers and bikers what the Intercounty Connector is to drivers: Long-awaited. Planning started in the 1990s.
So far, three segments have been built. Completion of the section underway now will mean a continuous trail from Catholic University in Brookland to downtown Washington. Eventually, the completed trail will link up with the Capital Crescent Trail and the Anacostia Tributaries Trail System, as well as the National Mall.
Meanwhile, down at the end of the trail, the Bike Station at Union Station is nearing completion. John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, says D.C. is hoping to open the hub in August.
June 9, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
Categories: Biking | Tags: Fenty, Metropolitan Trail, Union Station, cycling, groundbreaking, walking
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