The long-awaited segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will link the District of Columbia to Maryland will begin construction this spring. Milani Construction LLC of D.C. last month won approval to construct the over-$22-million, four-mile segment that will run from Benning Road in the district to Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland.
In related news, DDOT held a meeting in December on the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Transportation Master Plan Update that is scheduled to come out this year. There are several projects in this that are bicycle related. These include the South Capitol Street projects, Suitland Parkway Trail, Virginia Avenue redesign, and of course the Anacostia Riverwalk Trails. The status of these projects and more are listed in this handout.
One new bit of information for me is that the Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Anacostia is no longer under consideration. I'm not surprised, there was a lot of opposition to this even though it would have only been for bikes, pedestrians, and service and emergency vehicles. It's too bad because it would have been a useful connection.
Another project to note is the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Two-Way Widening project which is in the Design phase. From the map it looks like this would impact the area from Suitland Parkway to Alabama Avenue. This is a road that, in the bike plan, is scheduled for bike lanes and definitely needs a climbing lane at the very least. The only reference to this I could find was in the St. Elizabeth's East Traffic and Planning Report. That document notes that the Bike Plan includes bike lanes, but it doesn't include them in this project. Instead it involves
Widening the existing four-lane Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. to include two travel lanes in
each direction along with a center two-way left turn lane, and upgraded pedestrian
If they aren't going to add a climbing lane or bike lanes when they do this project, then they aren't going to add them anytime in the next 20 years. And this seemed like a chance to get some bike lanes in Ward 8.