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Rootchopper
10-01-2011, 08:45 PM
The construction crew rehabbing Jones Point Park near the Wilson Bridge has torn up the Mount Vernon Trail from South Royal Street to the south side of the Bridge. A u-shaped detour has been constructed that takes the trail to the east along the bridge then under the bridge then back west. On the south side of the bridge the pavement on this detour is treacherous. My tires sank into the pavement and I almost went down on Friday. Also the corner of one of the bends in the U is not paved. Tire tracks sink right in. So be careful.

Pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rootchopper/sets/72157627666350557/

Longer description here: http://rootchopper.blogspot.com/2011/09/third-times-charm.html

PotomacCyclist
10-01-2011, 11:35 PM
It's probably best to avoid that section entirely. From Union St., you could turn R on Franklin and take the various side streets over to S. Washington St. If you turn L from Franklin and R on Green St. and L on S. Washington, then it's just a couple blocks south to the Wilson Bridge. If you're not comfortable with riding on Washington St., then you could ride on the sidewalk for two blocks.

That's the route I took a couple weeks ago. That was actually the "official" detour that day. The signs indicated that the MVT was closed just beyond the connection to Union St.

Even if the section between Union St. and S. Washington St. is now open, I'll probably take the Franklin St. detour until the trail has been repaved under the bridge.