project to build bicycle pedestrian bridge across the potomac river receives 20 million grant
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Project to build bicycle, pedestrian bridge across the Potomac River receives $20 million grant

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The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of its Long Bridge bicycle and pedestrian crossing project.

The $20 million grant comes from the USDOT’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program.

The long bridge bicycle and pedestrian crossing project is a new, dedicated bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will span the Potomac River between Washington, D.C. and Arlington.

“VPRA’s long bridge project is designed to not only relieve congestion along the rail corridor across the Potomac, but to also provide an additional route for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel across the river that is also safe, direct, and a more pleasant experience,” said Michael McLaughlin, chief operating officer of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority. “This Raise grant will further our efforts to make that a reality.”

The bridge will connect Long Bridge Park and the Mount Vernon Trail in Arlington to the East and West Potomac Parks in Washington, D.C.

It will provide a substantially wider connection across the Potomac River for non-motorized traffic.

The new bridge will be built as a part of VPRA’s larger long bridge project, a $2 billion rail project designed to eliminate the bottleneck currently facing rail traffic crossing the Potomac.

The long bridge bicycle and pedestrian crossing project will consist of a 2,300-foot-long structure dedicated to walking and bicycling across the Potomac. It will cross the Potomac between the existing Long Bridge and the WMATA Metrorail Yellow Line bridge.

The project’s current estimated cost is $88 million.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.