Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wakefield bike/ped bridge to close

We just learned that one of the only bike/ped crossings of the Beltway, the bridge to Wakefield Park, will be closed for two to three weeks. There is no new information on the HOT lanes Wakefield bridge web page.When we learn more we'll post info here. Let us know if you hear anything.

Update 25 August:  The bridge is closed. There is no detour identified yet. We've been told the bridge could be closed for up to 8 weeks. This is what we've learned from talking to the county bike coordinator: "The bridge is not being replaced, it's being lengthened. In order to do so, the existing west end of the bridge needs to be jacked up and the existing abutment demolished.  A new abutment will be built adjacent to the old and the bridge beams will be extended."

It sounds like ADA accessibility is an issue. However, given the difficulty of reaching the western entrance to the bridge under normal conditions, this seems unrealistic. We hope a compromise can be reached. Stay tuned.

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