Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cross County Trail detour

We mentioned earlier that the Cross County Trail is closed at the Dulles Toll Rd. Large equipment involved in construction on the Silver line is blocking the narrow section under the bridge, next to Difficult Run. No detours were provided. The WashCycle just alerted us to a Sun Gazette article on a detour that will now be signed. According to the article:
"A detour route has been identified using existing trails in the Colvin Run Stream Valley, Lake Fairfax and W&OD parks. Signs and trail markers labeled 'Detour' will be posted along the new route, and a map will be available for download from the Park Authority Web site."

The work will be completed in September, and will remain in place for the duration of the closure.
This is good news for off-road cyclists. Closing a major  trail like the CCT (or XCT according to The WashCycle to avoid confusion with the other CCT) is a major inconvenience for area cyclists.

When we asked park authority staff about the status of the project recently we were told that a detour was in the works and that signs had already been printed. While many cyclists already know about the planned route, it's great to see it will be signed and in place soon.

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