•Interruptions of the flow of traffic on the Trail in the vicinity of Smith Switch are now largely done with (until Spring 2022…)
The bulk of Dominion Energy’s line work between Smith Switch and Claiborne has been completed. While the “access and environmental” crew will still be on the Trail removing mats, rehabilitating the land that had been disturbed, and removing some of the gravel cut-throughs that had been built, no further flagging or detouring is foreseen during the next few months, during which period work will continue on the steel structures in the area between Claiborne and Cochran Mill. This part of the project will be much less intensive, and disruptions to users will be minimal; because, however, some work needs to be carried out aloft, traffic on the Trail below will occasionally need to be stopped, momentarily (it is promised).
In March of 2022, the process of reconductoring the second half of the 274 circuit from the substation just east of Claiborne to the substation just west of Cochran Mill will begin. This part of Dominion’s project will cause disruptions similar to those experienced this year between September and November. Thus, another 5-10 day complete closure of the Trail from Ashburn to Cochran Mill may be anticipated early next spring.
Paul Schmeling, the on-site construction coordinator for this entire project, may be reached by e-mail by clicking on this link.
•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, etc. now permitted on the W&OD Trail
Users of the Tail should be aware that regulations now permit the operation of electric-assist bikes, etc. on the W&OD Trail. Details regarding this decision and additional information associated therewith may be found by following this link.
•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.