This section will create a new connection between DC and PG County along the Anacostia River, and add much needed trail opportunities in Ward 7.
Following the fall 2012 trail design unveiling by officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and key U.S. federal agencies, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Governor Martin O’Malley and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the start of construction for the $22.1 million project across the District of Columbia and Maryland line to deliver the missing link in almost 70-mile regional bicycle and pedestrian trail network.
The completion of this key link will provide greater access to almost 70 miles of trails in Maryland and in the District Columbia. Within the District, the segment is part of the planned 28-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, Washington Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, National Arboretum, and other popular destinations. This new portion of the trail will link to more than 40 miles of trails in Maryland that travel throughout the Anacostia River Tributary System and connect to numerous schools, businesses, libraries, museums, shopping centers and Metro and MARC transit stations. It will be managed by District Department of Transportation (DDOT), National Park Service and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
The trail project is scheduled to be open for hikers and bikers in Spring 2016.
Update: If you watch the video, at around 3:36 there is a pop up about a bridge over the "unamned" tributary in Maryland. Now, frequent readers here know that I am not a practioner of the dark art of orthograpy, so far be it from me to criticize; but I do like it and from now on I might refer to that bridge as Unamned Bridge or possibly the trail's mascot Unamned the Egret.