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Metro approves new bridge

Metro has given the green light to the D.C. Department of Transportation to construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station.

Metro's board of directors approved the implementation of an easement agreement with the District on Thursday.

The District is paying $4 million for the bridge, which will allow more commuters to ride a bike or walk to the Metrorail station. The bridge will also provide access to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an eight-mile shared-use trail from Silver Spring to Washington, that is being constructed by the District. Currently, people traveling to the station from the west side must cross the CSX train tracks.

The bridge is set to open in fall 2011.

-- Nicole Norfleet

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 25, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Metro , Safety , transit  
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The bridge is a good idea and is another link for the Metropolitan Branch Trail. As noted in the linked report, about 300 people per day currently walk across the CSX tracks to get to the Metro, which always makes me nervous when I see it.

Posted by: KS100H | March 26, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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