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Friday, May 30, 2014

Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Progress Update

Construction progress is moving along with the Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge!

For those unfamiliar with the project, here is a brief review:

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.


Crews are finishing up construction of caissons and column supports on the southeast side of the CSX railroad tracks adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.  The majority of activity related to this involves drilling, fabricating forms and pouring concrete. After this is completed the spans will be attached to connect the columns. 


Recent completed activities include the main stairway on the Metropolitan Branch Trail as well as all of the support columns and connecting spans on this side. 


A shield has been installed to protect any potential impact to WMATA right of way areas. 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 project is projected to be completed on time by January 2015.  

Please visit the project website at for more info and progress photographs.

Thomas Pipkin
Public Relations Liaison
CKI & Associates Inc.

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