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project Description

Bates Road, NE; John McCormack Drive, NE; Fort Totten Metro and First Place, NE

As part of the plan to complete the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will connect Brookland to the Fort Totten Metro Station. This portion of the new 10-foot-wide multi-use trail will ease local access between the Fort Totten Metro, Catholic University and the surrounding community. Extending the trail 3,800 linear feet between Brookland and the Fort Totten Metro will make it easier to reach new development and amenities in the Lamond-Riggs community. 

This section of the MBT will provide pedestrians and bicyclists with a convenient and safe off-street route while traveling through the Fort Totten area.  Additional trail features include LED lighting, wayfinding signage, permeable pavement, bioretention facilities (similar to rain gardens), security cameras, and a redesigned slope that will eliminate the current steep climb up to Fort Totten Drive. A staircase will be designed and constructed with a direct route down to the Metro entrance, requiring cyclists to dismount next to the trail. Also, the infrastructure improvements required will help to rehabilitate the trail spur through Fort Totten Park. 

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To accomplish this phase of MBT development, DDOT partnered with the National Park Service, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration, and coordinated with National Capital Region and CSX Railroad. A design-build method will be used to streamline the project which will take approximately 24 months to complete.

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