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Anacostia Trail Project Wins $500,000 State Grant

College Park was also awarded $58,000 for installing shared lane markers.

The Maryland Department of Transportation has committed another $500,000 to completing a link between the Anacostia Tributary Trail System and Washington, D.C.'s section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

The funding, awarded through MDOT's Bikeways Program, was announced Tuesday in a round of 28 grants worth $3.13 million. MDOT also contributed $1 million to the project last year.

According to the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, the section covered by the grant will pick up at south end of the hiker-biker trail opened last year in Bladensburg Waterfront Park and run about 0.4 miles down to the D.C. border.

There, it will meet up with a planned 3.5-mile segment in northeast D.C., which in turn will connect with existing portions of riverfront trail south of Benning Road.

Once completed, the additions will close a key gap in the 60-mile, cross-border Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Network.

On the Maryland side, the new section will run through land owned by the U.S. National Park Service. Its design is being handled by the District Department of Transportation.

In a separate grant announced Tuesday, Prince George's County secured $50,000 for designing a new color-coded wayfinding system on its trails.

College Park also won $58,000 for installing shared lane markers near the University of Maryland and the College Park Metro station.

Xmplrywmn July 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Yay! Great news for riders!

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