Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fairfax Co Parkway Trail repairs progressing

Fairfax Co Parkway Trail work
just north of New Dominion Parkway
Despite a slow start, work on the Fairfax County Parkway Trail seems to be back on schedule. The crew is now working between New Dominion Parkway and Baron Cameron Ave, just north of the W&OD Trail (the work area may extend further north; we didn't check today). The view on the right is looking north from New Dominion Parkway. We're hoping that the debris that accumulated on the trail this winter will be removed as part of the project.

When work on the section between the W&OD Trail and Sunrise Valley Dr is underway, it will be very difficult for bicyclists to bypass the work area as there is no grassy median over the Toll Road and just south of there, so plan your trip accordingly. The trail should be open before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

There are few detours in that area; the trail is a critical north-south link for a reason. During the most recent volunteer bike count at that location on May 8, during the evening rush, 5-7 p.m., 46 bicyclists were counted. As a side note, there were 362 bicyclists in that two-hour period on the W&OD Trail, nearly 100 more than in the Sept 2013 count during the same period.

See the VDOT page on the trail work for details.

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Last week I rode the trail all the way to Route 7, and there were many repairs underway and already complete. The contractor seems to be doing a good job getting out of the way at the end of the day. By the time I went through it was about 6 pm, and I had no trouble passing the work areas.

One thing though: I don't mean to complain, and I'm sure it's much better than before, but I noticed that the repaired sections of pavement aren't that smooth.

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