The Parkside Pedestrian Bridge will provide safe, well-lit, disabilities-accessible pedestrian travel between neighborhoods and a local Metrorail station now separated by DC 295 and two sets of railroad tracks just north of the Benning Road interchange.
Specifically, the bridge will more directly and safely connect the Mayfair neighborhood and proposed Parkside development to the west with the Minnesota Avenue Metrorail and Bus Transfer Stations, Downtown Ward 7 and the Deanwood Community to the east.
Currently planned to be advertised for contractor bids in the Winter of 2014/2015, the bridge will be 400-feet-long with three spans and arches at each end. Sides of the bridge will be enclosed with a mesh screen.
In addition, to reduce long-term bridge maintenance, repair and cost, the bridge will include sustainable design features, such as weathering-steel trusses with a natural brown patina that will never need to be painted, a metal roof, and a low maintenance deck.
On the west, or Kenilworth Terrace side, the bridge will touch down on public property but travel through the private property of the Parkside development with stairs and a roughly 350-foot-long disabilities-accessible ramp.
On the east, or Minnesota Avenue side, it will touch down and travel through both public and Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) property with stairs and a roughly 350-foot long disabilities-accessible ramp.
The project is being conducted in partnership with real estate developer City Interests, which is funding up to $3 million of the cost of the bridge and providing a 45-foot-wide property easement for west-side stairs and ramp.
|Advertised for Construction||Winter 2014/2015|
|Contractor Bids Due||Spring 2015|
|Issue Notice to Proceed||Summer 2015|