Long Bridge Pedestrian and Bike Bridge Receives $20 Million Grant

On August 9th, 2022, the Department of Transportation announced award of $20 million grant to fund the Long Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge across the Potomac River. The bridge will connect East Potomac Park, Long Bridge Park in Arlington and the Mount Vernon Trail.

Concept design of Long Bridge bike/ped bridge connection to the Mount Vernon Trail.

The funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program that helps communities plan and carry out projects with local or regional impact.

The new bridge is part of a larger project that will also build an additional rail bridge across the Potomac River. Check out the the project site for additional details.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail needs your help to continue improving the trail. Sign up for a volunteer trail improvement event or donate to help us purchase tools and supplies.

Secretary Pete and a New Bridge Connected to the Mount Vernon Trail

Secretary Pete Buttgieg visited Alexandria’s Union Station on March 30th along with Congressman Don Beyer and Governor Ralph Northam to announce the Transforming Rail in Virginia agreement that will invest $3.7 billion in expanding rail service in Virginia that will increase capacity for CSX freight, Amtrak and VRE.

Conceptual layout of the bike/ped bridge to be constructed as part of the Long Bridge project.

Included in this investment is construction of a New Long Bridge which will create two additional tracks across the Potomac and also include a separate bike and pedestrian bridge with a connection to the Mount Vernon Trail. Full information on the Long Bridge project is available at https://longbridgeproject.com

The full press conference is available at https://youtu.be/b5tMzBmtDC0

We are still hopeful that Secretary Pete will one day visit https://mountvernontrail.org/events to sign up for one of our volunteer trail improvement projects or https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4HS836DQJ34BC to make a donation to support our work.

Long Bridge Project Advances Through Legislative Milestone

The plan to build a new Long Bridge that will add two additional rails along with a separate pedestrian and bike bridge achieved an important milestone with the approval of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The Omnibus legislation grants the National Park Service authority to convey ownership of 4.4 acres of land that the bridge structures will occupy in the George Washington Memorial Parkway and East Potomac Park. The bike and pedestrian bridge will be accessible from the Mount Vernon Trail and also allow trail users access to Long Bridge Park and Crystal City.