Monday, April 24, 2017

Great New Fairfax City Link to Cross-County Trail

Photo courtesy of Douglas Stewart.
Thanks to a partnership between the City of Fairfax and NOVA Parks, the Pickett Road Trail Underpass was formally opened on Saturday April 22. Cross-County Trail riders will know this as the area at Thaiss Park where the trail hit a wall in the form of a closed sewer pipe beneath Pickett Road. The wall is now a lovely winding path that connects to the Willcoxon Trail and Gateway Park in Fairfax City.
NOVA Parks and Fairfax City partnered in 2013 to secure a Transportation Alternative Program grant from VDOT for the project. Several speakers from NOVA Parks and the City of Fairfax spoke at the trail dedication, which was presided over by City of Fairfax resident and NOVA Parks Board member Brian Knapp. 
Photo courtesy of Douglas Stewart.
City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer spoke about the role of trails for transportation as well as recreation. Mayor Meyer emphasized the role of trails and bicycle facilities in relieving traffic congestion. 
Michael Nardolilli, the Vice Chair of the NOVA Parks Board, rides the CCT regularly and spoke with animation about how much better his ride will be with the new connection.
The new trail link has been a long time coming, but worth the wait. 

Submitted by Douglas Stewart

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So glad to see this trail connection in place. It's so much nicer than the old corrugated pipe tube that used to be there. But why are the stripes on the edges of the path yellow? They're supposed to be white, no?

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