The US DOT announced the winners of 72 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants on Friday and DC won one for the Long Bridge NEPA documentation. It's a $2.8 million grant for project planning. From the fact sheet:
TIGER funding will be used to complete a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for the long-term replacement of the Long Bridge over the Potomac River.
Though the fact sheet focuses 100% on railroad enhancement, nearly half of the Long Bridge study proposals (for which it appears the website is dead) included bicycle facilities on a new bridge.
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.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance calls crossing the Susquehanna River its greatest challenge. But there may be hope for that being closed.
There are many challenges to completing the trail (now 29% off-road on greenways), but one rises high above the rest: crossing the Susquehanna River. Did you know that in the state of Maryland there is no safe way to cross the Susquehanna on foot or by bike? The closest safe crossing is in Pennsylvania, over 23 miles upstream from Havre de Grace, Maryland. With your help, we can change that.
Looking north (upstream) at the four spans near the mouth of the river, from near to far: Amtrak, US Route 40, freight rail, I-95. Credit: Ben Longstaff, IAN, UMCES
There are presently four crossings in the river's southernmost stretch, two for autos and two for rail, and none permit bikes or pedestrians. One of these (Amtrak's Susquehanna River Bridge) was completed in 1906, and is one of the most significant bottlenecks in Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been awarded $22 million to design this bridge's replacement. This is a great first step, but it doesn't guarantee that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure will be built; we all know that when cost projections start rising, bike and ped features are often the first to be cut.
Please join the East Coast Greenway Alliance as we urge MDOT to build a bridge that will serve multiple modes, connecting communities by rail, bike, and foot, for the next 100 years. Together we can make our voices heard as we call for healthy and sustainable transportation infrastructure for the 21st century.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, December 12 regarding updates to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Transportation Master Plan.
The meeting will involve a short overview presentation followed by an Open House to allow the public to ask questions and learn more about the various DDOT AWI transportation projects and other major initiatives by partnering agencies being coordinated and included in the planned update to the AWI Master Plan. The 2008 update to the Master Plan may be viewed athttp://www.anacostiawaterfront.org/awi-documents/2008-awi-transportation-master-plan/.
The Master Plan organizes transportation studies, projects and other initiatives within the AWI Program area into a comprehensive plan in order to develop efficient and practical ways for these projects to be designed and constructed in coordination with one another based on such factors as benefits to the community, cost, duration of construction, environmental impacts, and funding.
The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is a 30-year, $10 billion series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects that are transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. The AWI Program area stretches from the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland.
What: AWI Transportation Master Plan Update Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Skyline Hotel 10 “I” Street, SW
Much of the items in the 2008 plan are well behind schedule. By this plan, the ART should be finished as should the Middle Anacostia Crossing, etc...Which reminds me that the NE section of the ART did not break ground in Fall (I guess it still has a few weeks) of this year.
Anyway, lots of bike-relevant projects (bridges, trails, interchanges) in this area.
Long Bridge is a two-track railroad connecting the District and Virginia. The bridge is utilized by freight, passenger and commuter rail service. DDOT received an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to study the Long Bridge. The purpose of the study is to: analyze multi-modal connectivity and operational improvements; assess the long-term multi-modal capacity improvement that includes the future operating requirements of high-speed and intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, vehicular and freight rail services over the Potomac River; and determine the structural integrity of the bridge and make short-term and long-term improvement recommendations.
What: Long Bridge Study public meeting When: Thursday, December 5, 2013 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 600 M Street, SW
NPS is planning to rehabilitate the Arlington Memorial Bridge. During construction, there will be either a full or partial closure of the bridge. WABA is suggesting that this is a good opportunity to put the bridge onto a road diet.
If there is a minimal impact of closing a single lane of car traffic in each direction on the bridge during reconstruction, it should be repurposed entirely as a single travel lane for bicycle traffic.... This road diet does not change the historic design of the sidewalk, curbs, or roadway space. The protected bike lanes could be achieved by painting a buffer between the bike lanes and car lanes, or with decorative brick pavers or colored concrete.
NPS staffers are pursuing safe and separated trail crossings across the GW Parkway to improve access to the bridge. They will begin an environmental assessment of the Memorial Circle in 2014.
The bridge will continue to connect many historically and culturally significant parks, places, and memorials. The inclusion of protected bicycle lanes in the Arlington Memorial Bridge EA could dovetail nicely into the Memorial Circle EA, resulting in a significantly improved connection between the District of Columbia and Virginia for residents and visitors to our Nation’s Capital.
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) was recently briefed on a list of the 10 critical freight rail and road projects affecting the metropolitan Washington region according to the TPB’s Freight Subcommittee. Most of these projects are unrelated to cycling, as you could imagine, but the Long Bridge is the exception.
Updating the existing Long Bridge, which spans the Potomac River between Arlington County and the District of Columbia, would allow for extra capacity for freight and passenger rail as well as the potential for vehicular, pedestrian, light rail, and bicycle movement.
Although it's possible the real-time motor carrier info system could keep trucks off the road at rush hour.
The new 11th Street Bridges are already open and have been for some time. Work continues on Phase II, but for cyclists and pedestrians most of the relevant work is complete. The new local bridge includes a much wider sidewalk with overlooks of the river that jut out over the old bridge's supports (and cyclists may use the roadway if they don't like those). There's also a new parklet on the old bridge's southwest footprint that includes a trail connection between the Navy Yard Promenade and the bridge with a trail spur upriver for the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
Local 11th Street Bridge commemorating the District Department of Transportation’s decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the local bridge to two-way traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. This free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.