•Detour at Wiehle Avenue
•In order to accommodate the proposed improvements to the Trail (to include the construction of a pedestrian bridge) at Wiehle Avenue, relocation of AT&T’s utility facilities over that busy thoroughfare begins on the week of March 21. Details regarding the project (and the detour from the paved to the gravel portion of the Trail to be put in place) may be found here.
•Disruptions of Trail traffic in the vicinity of Ashburn to end in June
The major improvements to the regional electric infrastructure undertaken earlier this spring by Dominion Energy in the vicinity of Ashburn remain scheduled to reach completion by the end of the first week of June. Some work on the electric lines is planned for the fall, however, and crews will continue to work on the Trail, without seriously disrupting traffic, throughout the summer.
Paul Schmeling, the on-site construction coordinator for this entire project, may be reached by e-mail by clicking on this link.
•Use of e-bikes, etc. now permitted on the W&OD Trail
Users should be aware that regulations now permit the operation of electric-assist bikes, etc. on the W&OD Trail. Details regarding the decision as well as some additional information may be found by following either this link (to the NOVA Parks website) or this one (to an article published in Arlington Now back in 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.