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(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and several partners from across the District to announce that construction is underway on the long-planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Also joining in the event were Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Councilmember-elect Yvette Alexander (Ward 7).
Today’s announcement focused on the 2-mile section of the trail to be constructed this year in Southeast — between Benning Road and the Washington Navy Yard, part of 16-mile, multi-year project to build a trail along the Anacostia Waterfront.
“We’ve been partnering with the community on the design for this trail for several years — so we are very excited about putting the wheels in motion to get it started,” said DDOT Director Emeka Moneme. “As you can see from the ‘dirt’ all around us, the Anacostia Riverwalk trail is fully under construction. The dream of many is becoming a reality!”
Neil O. Albert, President and CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation (AWC), said, “The AWC is collaborating with DDOT to develop a continuous riverwalk trail along both sides of the Anacostia River. Many sections of the trail at this location will only be made possible through the continuation of successful public-private partnerships.”
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is a planned 16-mile multi-use trail along the east and west banks of the Anacostia River in the District.
DDOT and its partners have been planning and recently began constructing the riverwalk as a recreational amenity and transportation alternative for residents.
The estimated $50 million asphalt trail will vary in width from 10 feet to 12 feet to ensure comfort for a wide range of users including bicyclists, inline skaters, pedestrians, disabled persons and others. Wayside stations will provide seating, system maps, bike racks, and interpretive exhibits.
Construction on the trail is the result of a multi-faceted partnership among a host of groups and agencies including:
- Office of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
- Anacostia Watershed Society
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
- The Earth Conservation Corps (ECC)
For more information on the trail visit DDOT’s bike program online.