As we near the Vernal Equinox, physical work on the Metropolitan Branch Trail has yet to commence. However, DDOT has recently suggested a late-March early-April groundbreaking.
The contractor, Fort Myer, was selected for the design-build contract. Although some aspects of the trail were stipulated by DDOT, the firm was tasked with developing much of the design plan–which we assume is close to, if not, finalized.
The contract was signed on July 22, 2008 and, as written in the contract, the work must be completed in 12 months. DDOT has confirmed that no extention has been granted.
So, while our earlier hopes of a spring opening have been dashed, those who have watched this Trail face nearly 15 years of delays should feel fairly confident of a summer opening.