Abandoned DC streetcar overpass could be demolished | WTOP

WASHINGTON — A 120-year-old streetcar bridge, a final of a kind still station in D.C., could be ripped down.

The Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle in Glover-Archbold Park in Northwest, is owned by Metro.

It was partial of a streetcar line that used to lift people between D.C. and a Glen Echo Park entertainment park that was deserted after D.C.’s streetcars stopped using in a 1960s.

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120-year-old streetcar overpass could shortly collapse, Metro warns

The Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle is during “imminent risk of collapse,” and route users are being suggested to road around a danger.


Metro warned in January that a stand was in risk of descending down, and a route that runs underneath a overpass has been sealed given Aug of 2016 for caller reserve due to “aerial hazards.”

Now, Metro has practical for a permit to have a stand demolished.

No movement will be taken anytime shortly since a assent concentration has to go by a examination and open criticism process.

For years, a D.C. Preservation League has had a overpass on a list of many concerned places in a city.

League executive Rebecca Miller pronounced it is probable that a stand could be easy for use by hikers and bicyclists.

“DDOT has offering to do a investigate on gripping a stand and (assessing) a stream condition, and WMATA’s response to that was to record this concentration for demolition. So, we don’t see that as operative in good faith with other parties involved,” Miller said.

District Department of Transportation orator Terry Owens pronounced his group is still formulation a feasibility study.

“Also, underneath a (D.C. Historic) Preservation Act, there is a requirement to uncover alternatives to demolition, and apparently WMATA has not looked during that, given that DDOT hasn’t had a event to do their investigate yet,” Miller added.

The Preservation Act relates in this case, according to Miller, since a overpass is a contributing structure within a Glover-Archbold Park Historic Area.

Metro mouthpiece Sherry Ly pronounced in an email:

“Metro continues to work with all a agencies and stands prepared to send a Trestle to any one of them. Unfortunately, no one has stepped forward. Metro contingency concentration on repair and gripping a Metro complement protected for a millions who rest on it. Over a final several years, upkeep and investment has been deferred causing a $15 billion need. That is and will continue to be a priority.”

Ly also settled that a overpass “must” be demolished since of a condition, and there are no skeleton to save tools of it for chain in any museum since “that would also need an group or celebration to come brazen to accept it.”


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