Transform 66 Inside the Beltway — W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over U.S. Route 29
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a planning workshop to gather input from the public on bridge options and design details for the W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over U.S. Route 29 (Lee Highway), which will be built as part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project. Your input is important.
Workshop Date and Location:

+++Wednesday, April 5, 2017

+++6:00-8:00 p.m.

+++Yorktown High School

+++5200 Yorktown Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22207

Stop by between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to participate in the workshop and provide input. VDOT will hold a short presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public participation session.

How to provide your comments:
•Submit them on the comment sheet at the workshop itself.
E-mail them (or your questions) to VDOT by clicking on this link.
•Mail them to Ms. Amanda Baxter, Special Projects Development Manager, VDOT Northern Virginia District, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Please reference “W&OD Trail Bridge” in your subject line, and be sure to submit by April 21, 2017.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights at 703-259-1775 or TTY/TDD 711.

Click here for more information on Transform 66.
 

Benjamin Banneker Park Project
 

Do you have a green thumb that, from time to time, you would like to place in the service of a good cause? If so, a group of volunteers seeks your assistance with the maintenance of two native plant butterfly gardens that are located along the Trail (near mileage marker 8) across the street from one another on Lee Highway (near the Econo Lodge Metro). Each, as the picture below of one of them illustrates, has been planted beneath a prominent sign.
++You are invited to weed in either — or both — of these gardens at your leisure, or you may contact the primary gardener in order to arrange a time to work directly with others.

 

 Click here to access the final report from the working group assembled in 2014 to address safety issues on the W&OD Trail.

• Click here to access Bikeablebrews’ convenient list of the craft brew establishments that are located near the Trail.

Flashing beacons at Belmont Ridge Road

+++In an effort to allow Trail users to cross more safely an increasingly busy roadway, rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) are installed at Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. These beacons are activated “on demand” by a large button readily accessible to both pedestrians and mounted cyclists (note the tip of the red arrow in the photo below). The choice of this sort of beacon for the intersection is well taken: studies conducted in other locations have indicated that drivers are four times as likely to yield to opposing traffic when warning signals are not continuously flashing.

Belmont_RRFB