“To be honest, I think I’m not inclined to pursue this in the courts,” she said. “We thought we at least needed to challenge this particular precedent of closing this road thousands used and converting it into essentially a dog park."
It's not a dog park - though those are nice - but whatever.
Most of the $8 million to $11 million for the project, which includes the trail, has been identified.
Hernandez said the city has identified $6 million in federal highway money to fund the work in the fiscal year that begins in October. An additional $3 million was included in the recently passed city budget for future work, and more money is being sought for stream-restoration work.
Some people will fight on though
Eleanor Oliver, a co-plaintiff and longtime Cleveland Park resident, said she’s still willing to fight against what she called “a little vasectomy” to the city transportation network.
“I think there are further legal options,” she said. “But perhaps the judge is right — go back to the council.. . . We’re going to get so choked with traffic they’re going to have to open it up.”
Right, I mean once the road closure has had time to really sink in and take effect, people will see how crazy this all is. Just 30 more years, and they'll see.
The D.C. Department of Transportation is planning to start construction on the trail in the spring of 2014, six years after it was authorized by the D.C. Council. The work will take between 12 and 18 months and cost $8 million to $11 million, depending on how much the department works on restoring the stream, agency spokeswoman Monica Hernandez said.