Four-mile missing link in larger 60-mile regional trail network will provide bicycle and pedestrian travel between Benning Road in the District and Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Maryland
(Washington, DC) – Within the next week, the District and Maryland departments of transportation will jointly re-advertise for contractor bids on constructing the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with alternative design/construction criteria. All construction bids for the project received by August 6, 2013 were cancelled.
As part of the re-advertisement, contractors will have the option of bidding based on either the original design or their own proposals for modifying the design for the following project elements:
- Heavy duty boardwalk (outside AMTRAK right-of-way), which may include re-design of foundation system, railing and deck that meet pedestrian and HS-15 loading requirements,
- Sheet pile walls and cofferdams related to the heavy duty boardwalk and pedestrian bridges, and
- Geogrid reinforced trail for areas of potential contamination.
Special Provisions for these elements will be included in the re-advertised bid solicitation materials. Anticipated due date for bids will be 21 days after advertisement. Project construction is still expected to start in November 2013.
No questions from contractors will be addressed at this time, but will be considered once the new solicitation for bids is issued.
The four-mile long Kenilworth segment will connect Benning Road in the District with Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, providing a highly anticipated missing link in an almost 60-mile regional bicycle and pedestrian trail network.
Within the District, this segment is part of the planned 20-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, Washington Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, National Arboretum, and other popular destinations. To date, more than 12 miles of the District’s trail are open and heavily used. In Maryland, the trail will link to more than 40 miles of trails that travel throughout the Anacostia River Tributary System and connect to numerous schools, businesses, libraries, museums, shopping centers and Metro and MARC transit stations.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is one of a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District of Columbia’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI). From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. To learn more about the programs involved with the trail segment, please visit the program websites at: www.anacostiawaterfront.org/AnacostiaRiverwalk; www.cycle.maryland.gov; and http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Federal-Agencies-Partner-to-Revitalize-Urban-Waterways-In-Communities-Across-the-US.cfm.