This week a ceremony featuring Mayor Adrian Fenty (seen here waving at a passing Metro train) and DDOT Director Gabe Klein was held to celebrate the beginning of construction on the next section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
The DDOT press release has some details on the trail
MBT is named after the “Metropolitan Branch,” the first rail line built through the corridor by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The corridor is now home to Amtrak and Metro as well as freight lines. It is anchored by two significant railroad landmarks, Union Station and the old B & O Railroad station in Silver Spring.
Since the trail planning began in the 1990s, three segments are currently in place from New York Avenue to Union Station, 1st Street NE and John McCormack Road.
When completed, the new 1.5 mile addition to the trail will lead pedestrian and bikers over Florida Avenue, under New York Avenue and over Rhode Island Avenue, avoiding 18 lanes of heavily traveled roadway. Construction on this section, from New York Avenue to Franklin Street NE, is expected to be completed this summer.
Ultimately, the trail will connect to metro stations at New York Avenue and Union Station; as well as the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station, upon completion of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge which is planned for the site.
Dr. Gridlock mentioned the ceremony as well (though commenters cared not for his comparing it to the ICC).
Which couldn't come a minute too soon it seems.
So no one is watching your bike, but they have got Loudoun stop signs covered.
The new section of the Met Branch should be finished by the end of summer and maybe even by Labor Day. Over the winter they'll begin formal design of the Fort Totten section and in March of 2010 DDOT plans to break ground on the bridge from the trail to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro.