DDOT is looking for Design/Build Teams for Metropolitan Branch Trail Extention

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued a request for proposal to extend the Metropolitan Branch Trail from its current end in Brookland to Fort Totten.

The trail extension would connect the current terminus near Bates Road, NE with an area near the Fort Totten Metrorail station. This represents a modest increase of the trail of approximately 2,000 feet.

According to DDOT, the trail extension will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. Using the Design/Build process, the extension is expected to be complete within 18 months.

The project requires the partnership of DDOT, the National Park Service, which control s a section of the train near Fort Totten; and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration.

Connection to Maryland

DDOT also stated that the Fort Totten to Takoma section of the trail was underway and will soon initiate final design on the final segment of the trail connecting Fort Totten to Takoma and the Maryland border.

Southern section of MBT improvements 

Lastly in 2017, DDOT will replace lighting on the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street NE with new hard-wired LED lights. The NoMa Business Improvement District, in partnership with DDOT, recently added signage on the trail bridge over Florida Avenue to raise awareness of the trail.