The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center construction will turn from digging to building soon. Most of the massive hole has been dug, and blasting has begun into the solid bedrock to prepare it for the foundation structures.
Transit Center construction on Jan. 28, 2010
photo from obz3rv3r’s photostream
By this time next year we should be able to see the pedestrian ramp in the new transit center that will be the north end of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. It will run across the foreground of the photo above, from the entrance to the Metro Station on the left to the south end of the new transit center to the right. And there the new trail section will likely end in a patch of mud and dirt. With MCDOT still only just thinking about maybe starting to resume work on the rest of the trail in Montgomery County.
There is a huge disconnect between what is being done to build the MetBranch Trail at the new transit center and elsewhere in D.C. and Takoma Park, and the foot dragging that continues at MCDOT for their part. There will be more on what we need to do and who we need to contact on this blog soon.