DOT just announced today that DC and Maryland have won a TIGER grant to build the section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail from Benning Road to the existing trail in PG County. This is a big win and will create a critical new connection between DC and Maryland.
TIGER funds will complete four missing miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths on the Kenilworth Gardens Trail, connecting hundreds of miles of existing trail networks in Maryland and DC. This path will create new options for bicycle commuters and bring economic and health benefits to communities along the trail. The overall project includes the construction of five bridges, raised pathways, and multi-use paths. It will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, as well as the Southwest Waterfront, the Nationals baseball stadium, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and other popular destinations.
This multi-use bicycle and pedestrian project will enhance safety by providing cyclists with facilities that are removed from vehicular traffic. The trail will offer residents a safe and convenient alternative to driving and will help alleviate highly congested commuter corridors. The project will connect low-income neighborhoods to jobs and services in DC and Maryland while enabling bicycle and walking trips to schools, transit centers, and training and social service locations for residents east of the Anacostia River.