Time for some traffic across Minnesota Avenue NE. Pedestrian traffic, that is.
No, this isn’t a Chris Christie vendetta. The District Department of Transportation plans to build a new 400-foot pedestrian bridge connecting the Minnesota Avenue Metro station with the adjacent neighborhoods of Mayfair and Deanwood, and is seeking a contractor to complete the task.
The Parkside Pedestrian Bridge will span from the planned Parkside development on the east bank of the Anacostia River to Mayfair to the Metro station to Deanwood, crossing Interstate 295 and seven sets of railroad tracks. Currently, the area is one of the least pedestrian-friendly in the city. But with increasing development clustering around the Minnesota Avenue Metro station—-just one stop across the Anacostia River from the eastern reaches of Capitol Hill on the Orange Line—-the city has decided to take corrective action.
Today, DDOT advertised for contractor bids for the project. Bids are due by May 12. The bridge is expected to cost $16 million, with construction beginning this summer and lasting 18 to 20 months. CityInterests, the developer of the Parkside residential project, is contributing as much as $3 million of the cost.
The project is part of the 30-year, $10 billion Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, begun under Mayor Anthony Williams with the aim of transforming the long-neglected Acacostia waterfront into an attractive, vibrant area. Other components currently being undertaken include the completion of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the replacement of the 11th Street Bridge.
Rendering from DDOT and the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative