Anacostia Waterfront announced that work will begin on the piece of the trail along Hayes/Jay Street NE next week.
On or about Monday, July 21, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will start building portions of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment on Anacostia Avenue NE and Hayes/Jay Street NE. Construction is anticipated to take about four months to complete.
Please note that the work will result in the following temporary and permanent parking changes:
On Anacostia Avenue NE, parking on the Thomas Elementary School side of the street will be restricted during construction.
On Hayes/Jay Street NE, parking on the right side of the street will be restricted during construction.
On Hayes/Jay Street NE, left side street parking will be eliminated permanently and replaced by the new portion of the trail and roadway improvements.
At a recent presentation DDOT gave at ANC 7D about construction of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, they included renderings of some trail sections that I had not seen before. Including this image of the future ART along Jay Street. It shows a 10 foot trail separated from the road by a 4' wide median.
Most of the work so far has been construction prep - erosion prevention work, construction entrances, etc...They're showing a completion date of Spring 2016.
DDOT recently hired a consultant to assess the impact of multiple entertainment venues, most notably the addition of a 20,000 seat soccr stadium, on the transportation network in the Buzzard Point/Waterfront area. This is a follow-on study to one does as part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.
Approximately 8.5 percent of commuters utilize bicycles in the southwest region (highest density contained within the boundary of I Street, South Capitol Street, M Street, and 3rd Street SW)
With multiple event venues in the Study area, an increase in bicycle use is expected. To support and encourage bicycle use, expansion of Capital Bikeshare locations, provision of bike valet f acilities, addition of bike racks, improvements to bike routes and facilities are required to facilitate bicycle accessibility to the event facilities.
To improve safety, Road diets or “right-sizing” on residential streets by restriping would reduce the number of through travel lanes on a roadway and repurpose it for other uses, such as revised channelization, improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities, on-street parking, and/or landscaping.
Baseline future changes:
I Street would be restriped from its current configuration (one 8-foot parking lane, one 5-foot bicycle lane, and one 11-foot travel lane in each direction) by removing parking on the curb lane to accommodate one shared travel/bicycle lane and one travel/turn lane in each direction.
N Street SE/Tingey Street SE would accommodate a shared vehicle/bicycle lane between South Capitol Street and 4th Street SE.
Potential future improvements
For K Street SW, Conversion of 1 ½ linear blocks of Lansburgh Park from existing open space and offset sidewalk to either a bicycle boulevard or a local street with connecting sidewalks on each side
For L Street SW, Conversion of 2 linear blocks of publicly owned land from existing surface parking, and associated circulation aisles, to either a bicycle boulevard or a local street with connecting sidewalks on each side
Bicycle and pedestrian connections along O Street SW would mainly entail tie-ins along the circumferential sidewalks at the various culs-de-sac.
Enhancements to the portion of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail running along Fort McNair include an increase in trail width and modified hardscape materials that are more characteristic of portions of the trail that run along the water’s edge. (Improvements to differentiate this segment of the trail from standard sidewalks in the vicinity)
Install signs to show bicycle lanes and shared-use paths
Provide ample bicycle parking near the soccer stadium. The Capital Bikeshare program continues to grow in the District and throughout the DC region. Expand the Capitol Bikeshare program in Buzzard Point to improve the access from Waterfront, Navy Yard-Ballpark, and Anacostia stations. Provide bike racks near the Stadium to encourage bike use.
Explore the possibility of adding bicycle facilities at the under-utilized park and ride lot of Anacostia Metrorail station.
The District Department of Transportation plans to build a new 400-foot pedestrian bridge connecting the Minnesota Avenue Metro station with the adjacent neighborhoods of Mayfair and Deanwood, and is seeking a contractor to complete the task.
DDOT advertised for contractor bids for the project. Bids are due by May 12. The bridge is expected to cost $16 million, with construction beginning this summer and lasting 18 to 20 months. CityInterests, the developer of the Parkside residential project, is contributing as much as $3 million of the cost.
There already is a bike/ped connection in that area. There's a bridge over 295 at Hayes Street that connects to a tunnel under the railroad and metro tracks. I'm not sure how easy that is to navigate with a bike or if it is open when the Metro is closed, but I'd be willing to bet that the new bridge, closer to Grant Place, will be an easier connection for cyclists.
On the east side users will either use stairs or a 350 foot long ramp with one 180deg switchback. On the west side it's either stairs or a shorter ramp with two 180deg switchback.
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.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Benning Road and Bridge Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements, per the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The project will also include evaluation of historic resources, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act [PDF].
The study area is along Benning Road, NE, from Oklahoma Avenue to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road Metrorail Stations. This public meeting will serve to inform attendees about the project’s scope and discuss transportation issues.
Where: Department of Employment Services (DOES) Building 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
This is probably more streetcar-oriented, but it's an opportunity for cyclists.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail connects to Benning Road at 3 places along this stretch. The bridge is the only place to legally cross DC-295/Anacostia Freeway by bike or on foot from Hayes St to Pennsylvania Ave (and Hayes is impossible to get to from Benning Road) making it a critical connection. Unfortunately the quality of that connection does not match its importance. This is an opportunity to create better connectivity on both sides of the Anacostia, between the ART and the Marvin Gaye Park Trail and between River Terrace to the Minnesota Avenue Metro.
The Gazette reports (and this has already been reported by cyclemoco)
Funding for the North Branch Hiker-Biker Trail has not been included in the county executive’s latest Capital Improvements Program Budget, although design is already underway.
The paved trail would be about 2.2 miles long, with two segments, in the Rock Creek Regional Park and North Branch Stream Valley Park. It would connect larger trail systems in the county and Washington, D.C.
“Due to affordability, the executive could not recommend that funding be put in,” said Amy Wilson, a management budget specialist. “We’re still coming out of the recession and we do have limited availability of funding, so it was just weighed against other priorities,” she said. Wilson emphasized that this is a new project; it was not previously included in the budget.
But with the design near completion, park staff was disappointed by the omission.
And speaking of trails, DCist reports that work will begin soon on the Wharf in SW DC, which will include a section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail while JDLand reports (skeptically) a June start for the Florida Rock project which also includes a section of that trail, but this one is in SE.
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 facilities.
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.