• W&OD Trail Alert — detour in Sterling
In the latter part of the month of August 2018, Dominion Energy, in order to allow for the safe and efficient installation of a new transmission pole that is to serve a new substation located off Davis Drive, plans to create on the W&OD Trail, between Sterling Boulevard and Crestview Drive in Sterling, a temporary detour of approximately 1500 feet in length. This detour will be in place between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 P.M. during two four-day periods, August 20th until the 23rd, and again on August 27th until the 30th. It is important to bear in mind that all of the surface of this temporary detour will be neither smooth nor straight; some portions will be covered with compacted gravel, and several sharp turns need to be incorporated. Thus, bicyclists are encouraged to dismount and to walk their bikes through the area. Also, remember to obey all signage and flaggers.
• Section of Trail in Falls Church to be widened for dual-use
Click on this link for further details regarding the 8-foot wide parallel section for walkers and joggers which is to be added by July 2019.
• Help support needed improvements on the W&OD Trail
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is seeking public input on its 2018-2023 Six Year Program. Included among the proposals is a NOVA Parks project to enhance the W&OD in Falls Church with separate paved trails for walking and biking. These trails will help to relieve congestion, to enhance both walking and biking to Metrorail, and to make the Trail safer. Since a greater number of projects is proposed than can realistically be funded, your public expression of support for the initiative carries weight and helps to secure the resources for a critically needed improvement to the Trail. You may submit your comments to NVTA by May 20, 2018 by clicking on this link. In addition, on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m., NVTA will host a presentation and public hearing regarding the proposal at its offices. Location: 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22031.
• 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.