Rowers, bicyclists and pedestrians face off over a new Anacostia River crossing in NE DC

A proposal for a new pedestrian and bike bridge over the Anacostia River has pitted area rowers against the region’s bikers and pedestrians.

The new $13.1 million crossing to be built in Northeast Washington will connect Kenilworth Park and neighborhoods east of the river to the National Arboretum, the mammoth center for botanical research that attracts about 500,000 visitors each year.

The project is designed to fill a gap in the city’s growing trail system and facilitate bike commuting between the two sides of the Anacostia River, particularly for residents east of the river, where there is a little bike or pedestrian infrastructure.