On Sat., Jan. 19, the District Department of the Environment will be hosting an invasive-plant removal project in the C&O Canal National Historic Park, along the Capital Crescent Trail. We encourage trail users, regional cyclists, and those looking to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a service project to attend.
A group will meet at the upper parking lot at Fletcher’s Cove at 9 a.m. on Saturday and work along the trail between the cove and the bridge at Arizona Avenue. DDOE will provide tools and gloves. Volunteers will have to complete the National Park Service’s volunteer service agreement.
Register online here (be sure to choose the C&O Canal/DDOE site in the drop-down menu). The event’s Facebook page can be found here.
The final span of the bridge on the east side of the Anacostia River as construction has stopped.
In April 2012, Mayor Gray cut the ribbon for the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail bridge on the river’s west side. This was the first of two riverwalk trail bridges planned to pass over the CSX tracks. The second bridge, on the east side of the river, should have been completed this past July. But in January 2013, we still don’t have a finished bridge.
According to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, the contractor for the project struck an underground object and needs to move or redesign the final few supporting structures. The project is stalled while DDOT and the contractor hash out who pays for the changes. The AWI team says a completed bridge is months away, if not longer.
Completing this bridge will link the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail from the Frederick Douglas Bridge to Benning Road. In 2014, when the Kenilworth Garden trail section is complete, the Riverwalk Trail will link D.C. to Maryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trail System, which is over 50 miles.
We hope DDOT will find a solution soon to complete the bridge.