The Metropolitan Branch Trail section from Brookland to Edgewood to Eckington to NoMa is almost complete–substantial completion is due by April 30th.
First layer of asphalt was placed on the Trail section south of R Street a few days ago–the second and final layer will be placed this Monday, April 19th (users of the Trail take note). the end of the week of April 19th-23 or the following week. The formwork for the concrete cap on the retaining wall north of T Street is almost finished–the concrete will then be poured and the Trail can be paved soon afterward.
Today, I talked with the external inspector of the project and learned some tidbits about the final design:
- There will be no fence south of R Street due to property issues with Pepco–this means, however, that people will be able to access the Trail along the northern edge of the Pepco building (as long as the fence along Harry Thomas Way remains torn down).
- DDOT has determined that they will leave the current opening in the fence east of the shopping center to allow people to continue the dangerous practice of crossing the train tracks to and from the Rhodes Island Avenue Metrorail station. This will be closed when the pedestrian bridge is built next year.
- Striping of the Trail will most likely include dedicated bike lanes
- An emergency callbox and one or two more solar light posts will be installed on the Trail just south of the New York Avenue bridge
- Most work, including the street entrances to the Trail, will be completed by April 30th and the Trail will be “officially” open to the public