Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trail Repair Work on Fairfax County Parkway Trail

Sections of Parkway trail being
repaired north of W&OD Trail
VDOT has contracted with Arthur Construction Co. to repair sections of the Fairfax County Parkway paved trail. Yesterday we encountered work crews between the W&OD Trail and Route 7. Signs were posted that the trail was closed and construction vehicles blocked sections of the trail. I was able to navigate through the work area.

When the Parkway trail was repaired in 2014 VDOT coordinated closely with FABB in advance of repairs on sections of the trail. VDOT also posted signs showing nearby bike routes that could be used for detours. During that time we asked that trail users be allowed to pass through the work areas when feasible. That arrangement worked well. Unfortunately there has been almost no coordination this year.

We hope that in the future the entire trail will be repaved, possibly in long sections. Patching small 2-3 foot sections of the trial is costly, takes significant manpower, and does not last as long as repaving.

If you hear of problems related to this maintenance work, please either comment below or send us a note at info@fabb-bikes.org.

Construction on Fairfax County Parkway Trail
W&OD Trail bridge in background

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