Construction Near the MBT Will Close it Nightly for the Next Three Weeks

According to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), starting Sunday, January 22 at 9 pm, the Metropolitan Branch Trail will be closed nightly, Sunday through Thursday, for the next three weeks.

The purpose is to create scaffolding, which will be on the trail for 18 months and protect users from hazards associated with the construction of Four Constitution Square, a new office building and future home of Department of Justice, scheduled to move in at the end of 2018.

Below is a media release from DDOT:
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has issued a permit to close a section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail adjacent to 150 M Street NE beginning Sunday, January 22 from 9 pm to 5 am. This closure will continue Sunday through Thursday for approximately three weeks.
 The temporary closure is needed to allow for the erection of scaffolding that will provide protection for trail users from construction activity in the adjacent work site. After the scaffolding is put in place, the trail will operate normally.
The scaffolding is expected to be in place for the duration of the construction at M Street NE, which is expected to take approximately 18 months. Signs will be in place to warn cyclists approaching the area.
DDOT states that a detour, which could involve riding through Dave Thomas Circle or using the trail escalator / stairs trail access near 2nd and N Streets NE, will be posted.

Below is the general location of the scaffolding, which is the section of the trail that runs parallel with the NoMa - Gallaudet University Metrorail station.