Concern about falling debris from an abandoned trolley trestle prompted closure of the south end of the path through Glover Archbold National Park, according to National Park Service officials. (See, Glover Archbold Bridge And Sewer Limbo, August 29, 2017, PotomacTimes)
The park service said it acted out of caution for the safety of people passing under the steel span, which is visible from Canal Road, according to Rock Creek Deputy Superintendent Frank Young.
The trail head was closed on August 8, according to Emily Linroth, a park service public affairs specialist. Linroth said it was not clear how long the closure would last. The trestle is the property of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
“At this point, what’s most likely is they will create a covered walkway under the trestle,” Linroth said. “To protect visitor safety while they work this out, we’ve closed that trail.” Linroth said she was aware of no injuries having occurred.
Richard Jordan, a spokesperson for the transit authority, said Wednesday that the walkway design work is underway. He said he did not know when the project would be completed.
The snow fence and “Trail Closed Ahead” sign stopped 26-year-old Brendan Malone on Monday evening. Malone was on his semi-weekly run after work.
“I might have to change up my route,” Malone said, a move the rural Mainer who moved to Washington, D.C., about three months ago would make reluctantly.
“This is always a refreshing way for me to disconnect,” he said of passing through the park and seeing its wildlife. “It’s definitely a real disappointment if this is going to be closed for awhile.”
The posted trail detour sends people west, up to 44th Street, north to P Street, and back into the park.
The trestle was abandoned after the trolley car traffic it carried between the city and Glen Echo in Maryland stopped nearly a half-century ago.
© 2016 John A. Bray