Pedestrian bridge replacement in Berwyn heights causes Metro delays

A piece of construction equipment operated by a Metro contractor hit a pedestrian bridge in 2015, causing the bridge to fall in the 5100 block of Berwyn Road in Berwyn Heights. (Michelle Basch/WTOP)
WASHINGTON — A popular pedestrian bridge in Prince George’s County is finally being replaced after several setbacks, but it’s not happening without causing some Metro service disruptions for riders this weekend.

It was a little more than a year ago when a pedestrian bridge over Metro’s Green Line tracks was accidentally knocked down by a contractor’s crane working in the area. The bridge is a life-line for both bike riders and pedestrians as it connects College Park with Berwyn Heights.

In order to make the replacement happen, Green line trains won’t be running on this part of the tracks.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, Metro is offering free shuttle buses that will replace the Green Line trains on Sunday. The shuttle buses will carry riders between College Park and Greenbelt.

While service is disrupted this weekend, Metro will construct a new test track near the pedestrian bridge to test out Metro’s new fleet of 7000-series railcars.

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