120-year-old streetcar bridge could soon collapse, Metro warns

WASHINGTON — An abandoned and disintegrating D.C. streetcar bridge could soon crash to the ground, and the National Park Service is reminding you to stay away.

The Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle runs over Glover-Archbold Park in Northwest, near Georgetown University.

For safety reasons, the southern end of the trail that runs beneath it has been closed for well over a year.

“The closure went into place in August of 2016, when we first started to see some debris falling in the area of the trail,” Park Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles told WTOP.

Trail users are directed to take a short detour along Foxhall Road, 44th Street and P Street, but Anzelmo-Sarles said not everyone follows these directions.

Now Metro, which owns the bridge, has notified the Park Service that the trestle is at “imminent risk of collapse.”

“If it falls, we are concerned someone could get very…

Original published: 2018-01-13 03:42:34 Read the full Washington News here

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