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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today completion of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that provides new Anacostia Riverwalk Trail connectivity between South Capitol Street and Benning Road east of the Anacostia River.
WASHINGTON, DC — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today completion of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that provides new Anacostia Riverwalk Trail connectivity between South Capitol Street and Benning Road east of the Anacostia River.
The 1,185-foot-long, fiberglass-reinforced-polymer-decked, or FRP, bridge offers a safe, scenic way to cross above CSX Railroad tracks just north of the John Philip Sousa Bridge in Anacostia Park.
“We are very excited to complete this latest portion of the Riverwalk Trail so generations of pedestrians and bicyclists can fully enjoy it for decades to come,” said Ravindra Ganvir, DDOT deputy chief engineer and Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) program director. “This is yet another important sign of our continuing progress in creating a world-class waterfront through AWI that helps achieves Mayor Vincent Gray’s larger Sustainable DC Plan.”
Both the bridge deck and its weathering steel frame will reduce long-term maintenance costs and environmental impacts in keeping with the Mayor’s sustainability goals. This is the second of two FRP bridges built as part of the Riverwalk and among the longest such fiberglass-decked bridge structures in the nation, according to its manufacturer.
To date, 12 of the ultimate 20 miles of the Riverwalk are open for use. Once complete, the trail will allow seamless pedestrian and bicycle travel between the Tidal Basin and Bladensburg Marina Park in Maryland. The Riverwalk is one of a series of transportation, economic development, community and recreation projects included in the city’s larger 30-year, $10 billion AWI Program.
For more information about the Riverwalk, please visit www.anacostiawaterfront.org/AnacostiaRiverwalk . To join the community contact list or ask questions, please email email@example.com or call (202) 741-8528. For more information on the Sustainable DC, visit sustainable.dc.gov.