DDOT released a Request for Qualifications for consulting services for the Design/Build of the replacement of the Hopscotch Bridge (aka H Street, NE Bridge over the railroad tracks north of Union Station), which likely means they are getting closer to actually replacing it. The inclusion of bicycle-relevant requirements give reason to hope for a bike-friendly design.
The civil design shall be performed according to the provision of pedestrian and bicycle access
The design work is to be completed in accordance with current design practices and requirements of the NACTO - Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Second Edition and the AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition
Data collection will include peak hour intersection bicycle and pedestrian counts.
I don't have reason to bike over it very often, though I bike under it quite a lot, so I don't have strong feelings on the bridge itself. But, in addition to thinking about how E-W cyclists should use this facility, it would be great if they could create quicker connection between the bridge and the Metropolitan Branch Trail both at 1st and 2nd St NE. I just recently used the new staircase from the bridge down to 2nd Street - which was useful for getting to the CaBi station there - and I don't recall if it had a bike trough or not, but even stairs like that can help.