Hello Edgewood Neighbors!
For those who are curious about construction activity that has been taking place next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and adjacent to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, keep reading for a summary and construction activity update.
The Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge will link the Metropolitan Branch Trail and its connecting neighborhoods to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and adjacent communities. It will create a safe passageway for community members who currently use the Rhode Island Avenue underpass, which is narrow and dark, or who cross the active railroad tracks increasing access to transit and recreation for thousands of residents.
The truss bridge is designed in the style of an old railroad bridge. Ramps on both sides will provide wheelchair and bicycle access while a stairway on the west side will provide a more direct route. The open design will allow for visibility as well as beautiful city views and 24-hour lighting will enhance safety. The bridge will connect into the open section of the Metro station, providing connectivity even when the station is closed. The design is the result of unprecedented cooperation among numerous stakeholders including DDOT, WMATA, CSX, utility companies and the community.
CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES UPDATE FOR March 2014:
Crews are currently focused on drilling and preparation to install piers on the southeast side of the CSX railroad tracks adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. A shield has been installed to protect any potential impact to WMATA right of way areas. The week of March 17th will necessitate night work in this area. None of this work is expected to impact the travelling public. Please use caution when travelling along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in this area. The bridge is projected to be completed on time or earlier than January 2015.
Please visit the project website at http://rhodeislandavepedbridge.com for more info.