TIGER funds will complete four missing miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths on the Kenilworth Gardens Trail, connecting hundreds of miles of existing trail networks in Maryland and DC. This path will create new options for bicycle commuters and bring economic and health benefits to communities along the trail. The overall project includes the construction of five bridges, raised pathways, and multi-use paths. It will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, as well as the Southwest Waterfront, the Nationals baseball stadium, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and other popular destinations.
This project will utilize many innovative techniques to reduce environmental impact, including minimizing the width of the trail and shoulders and elevating portions of the trail to reduce impact to wetlands and other sensitive environmental areas. The foundation systems for the structures were designed using minimally invasive techniques, which limit the production of excess material typically hauled off the site and disposed. The project is also redeveloping a brownfield site. To complete the environmental process, FHWA completed a Level 2 Categorical Exclusion for the trail segment. One result of early coordination on this project was that FHWA was able to incorporate information from an earlier Environmental Assessment prepared for by the National Park Service for the entire Anacostia Riverwalk trail for their Categorical Exclusion document. Much of the baseline information for the Categorical Exclusion was already included in this Environmental Assessment. The combination of FHWA's early coordination with the National Park Service and the utilization of existing information saved at least several months of duplicative review and effort and reduced potential costs in the environmental review process.