•Installation of the Eagle Scout project at the Belmont Ridge trailhead now complete
•Temporary realignment of W&OD Trail at Idylwood Park
Beginning on or about Thursday, January 14th and continuing through June of the present year, the W&OD Trail in the vicinity of Idylwood Park in Falls Church (viz., that portion between Virginia Lane and the Trail bridge over I-495) will be realigned slightly to the south of its present course. This temporary adjustment is required in order to accommodate the construction of a new and permanent realignment of the Trail, which in its turn is necessitated by the construction of new ramps that are part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. During this same five-month period a retaining wall to support the widening of the ramp from I-66 West to I-495 South will also be built.
Since all work is weather dependent, it will be rescheduled whenever inclement conditions occur.
•W&OD Trail remains open — for passive use only
The W&OD Trail remains open during the current pandemic (about which you may have heard, perhaps…), but for passive use only. Click on this link for details regarding the implications of the term “passive” in connection with parking, water fountains, portable toilets, et al.
•Use of e-bikes now permitted on the W&OD Trail
Users of the Tail should be aware that in March of this year the NOVA Parks Board adopted new regulations under which the operation of electric-assist bikes is permitted on the W&OD Trail. Details regarding this decision and additional information associated therewith may be found by following this link.
•W&OD Trail detours in Arlington (4/19/19)
Detours were put in place for the construction of a new Trail bridge over Route 29 in Arlington on April 19th; completion of the work — & removal of the detours — is anticipated in the fall of 2020. Additional details regarding the project (and links to other information concerning the various transformations of the Route 66 corridor into D.C.) may be found here.
•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.
•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.