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IF YOU'VE BEEN up near the National Zoo lately, you've probably noticed that construction has started on the Connecticut Avenue bridge that connects Woodley Park and Cleveland Park. The $9 million rehabilitation includes work on the sidewalks and the arched underside of the bridge crossing Klingle Valley (home to everyone's favorite inter-neighborhood squabble, abandoned Klingle Road.) . Photo by Michael Grass/ExpressThe combination of local and federal funds will also restore some of the bridge's historic ornamentation, in addition to some odd relics from the bridge's past.

On Monday, we spied construction crews removing the two remaining trolley poles on upper Connecticut Avenue, which held up the wires that powered the old Rock Creek Railway, a suburban streetcar route connecting the District's core with land holdings of the Chevy Chase Land Company in Upper Northwest and in Maryland. Streetcars left Connecticut Avenue decades ago, but two of the trolley poles on the western side of the bridge somehow survived and remain a reminder of the old streetcar suburbs that sprung up along the route.

Erik Linden, a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Transportation, tells us the poles were sent to a historic preservation curator and will be reinstalled by the time the project is complete in about 18 months.
Photo by Michael Grass/Express
» "Work Set to Begin on Klingle Bridge in Northwest" [DDOT]

» ANACOSTIA: The District wants to attract urban professionals to city neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by providing generous subsidies for housing that will attract them. According to The Post's Lyndsey Layton, the Homes of Woodmont, located here, is a "landscaped development of four-bedroom homes with Palladian windows, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and prices that reach $584,000." Officials say generating better income diversity is important to "break up pockets of poverty," as Leo Clarke, special projects coordinator at the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development puts it. [WaPo]

» NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Wow. Only 9 percent of Northern Virginia residents are "very satisfied" that that the state government is working for their best local interests. A new poll from The Post indicates that a majority of Northern Virginia residents support a tax increase for improved transportation infrastructure in the traffic-clogged region. Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine called a special legislative session to tackle transportation funding, waging an unsuccessful battle with the Republican-led legislature. As The Post's Michael D. Shear reports:

In the poll, 55 percent of the region's likely voters blamed lawmakers, especially Republicans, for the failed special session last month. Only 11 percent blamed Kaine.
The commonwealth's geographic-political divide seems to becoming more pronounced. [WaPo]

» ARLINGTON COUNTY: The county's emergency radio station, 1700AM, has launched. If disaster strikes, tune in. [Arlington County]

Posted by Michael Grass at 1:41 PM on October 19, 2006
Tagged in Anacostia , Arlington County , Around Town , Cleveland Park , News , The District , Transit , Virginia , Woodley Park
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