Monday, March 1, 2021

Security fences around the U.S. Capitol

 

After the January 6th insurrection, security fences were put up around the U.S. Capitol building.  Last Saturday, I took advantage of a break in the rain to walk around the perimeter and take some photos.  In this first photo, fences and trucks block Pennsylvania Avenue.


There are several different types of fences in different areas.  This is one of the less common ones.  It is on the National Mall, directly in front of the Capitol.


Here's another view of the Mall and the Capitol.  People have adjusted to the fences and still come down to walk around and play on the Mall.


National Guard troops are monitoring the fences, there are a lot of them standing around and keeping an eye on things.


I find this juxtaposition of a high end restaurant and fences with barbed wire so close to each other.



I went down expecting the fences to be just around the United States Capitol building, but they were much more extensive. The closed off several parks, all the buildings related to the the legislature and a few more places. The fences go to Union Station, behind the Supreme Court, and even block off the Botanic Garden.  It took me an hour and a half to walk the perimeter.


Here's a reflection of the top of the Capitol dome in the windows of the Teamster's uniton.  The first floor of the building was still boarded up.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Little Falls Trail construction update

 

 


 The construction on Little Falls trail that started in September continues and significant progress has been made. One of the bridges has been fully replaced and re-opened for people to cross. This is bridge P17-01 near the Dalecarlia tunnel that connects a neighborhood to the Capital Crescent Trail.

The trail between the two bridges is closed, however there is a marked detour so you can still traverse the area, just not on a paved trail.

The other bridge has been fully removed and has not yet been replaced. You can not cross the stream here.