Metropolitan Branch Trail from Florida Avenue to Franklin Street

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is part of ongoing efforts to create a system of interconnected trails that will enable nonmotorized travel around the Washington, DC, region. Constructed in 1990, the MBT first used overhead solar lights that were experimental at the time and failed to work properly in just a few years. To improve trail user safety and usability, the District Department of Transportation undertook a 1.4-mile lighting system upgrade for the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street.

EBA’s construction management and inspection services included inspecting and overseeing the contractor’s work, developing and implementing a public outreach program, and helping District staff to coordinate project work with applicable regulatory agencies, utility companies, and other organizations.

The new lighting system uses high-efficiency, solar-powered LED luminaires, which significantly enhance trail lighting and safety while requiring less electricity to operate. Through upgraded pavement and pavement markings, along with enhanced safety, the result is a more functional and user-friendly trail.

EBA’s work to facilitate quality project delivery has been enthusiastically supported by trail users, lauded by the District’s General Engineer, and recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington with a 2021 Engineering Excellence Merit Award.

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