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    Default Bluemont Junction Trail?

    Bobco's note above suggests the Bluemont Junction Trail is a priority for trail-clearing.

    Is that the case? Has anyone ridden on Bluemont recently? Thanks!! w&w

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Folks who biked on those cleared trails in Arlington, I have some bad news. The County Manager has proposed cutting the trail snow clearing program ENTIRELY in his proposed 1 cent cut. You can see the full list here - trail snow clearing is #21 on page [!@&*$ why can't they number pages!?!?!]. This would save a whopping $50k/year.

    Also of interest is #5, which would eliminate the expansion of the street light program. DES says that it will take responsibility for trail lighting in the street light program if and only if it gets the funds for the expanded program. The Manager says DES is taking responsibility for trail lighting regardless, though I've never seen that on paper.

    You may want to take a minute to remind the countyboard@arlingtonva.us (cc'ing the countymanager@arlingtonva.us) how important the trail snow clearing program is.

    Oh, and if you have some time to bike over some counters on cleared trails today, that may be a good idea too ;-)
    I had already sent a note to trails@arlingtonva.us this morning to thank them for clearing the snow (and to find out who controls that one bridge on S. Washington Blvd that wasn't cleared). So, I just sent a note to the county board and manager to thank them for clearing the trails and how I think it is a great use of taxpayer funds and how I purchased my house in the county partially due to the wonderful trails and I work in the county so I use them all the time (and I see many people out, even this morning at 25deg). Hopefully that will help.

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    This morning I rode Custis to Ft Meyer Drive to N. Marshall to 110 trail to S. Washington Blvd. to Pentagon to Pentagon City. Other than a few curb cuts that were messy, only the S. Washington Blvd. bridge over Boundary Channel Dr was a hard mess of bumpy slush (as was pictured Tuesday). I have asked the county who controls that bridge.

    I may try the route through LBJ and up the MVT crossing the GWP to get to the 110 trail this evening. This morning I just couldn't tell from the intersection with the S. Washington Blvd trail if the MVT was clear, so I went with what I heard was a mostly clear trail. (I know the LBJ grove bit has a clear route, just not sure heading north - other photos looked iffy). Unless I decide to go W&OD. I'll report back what I find, unless someone beats me to it.

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    Trails in northern Prince George's are clear. I rode quite a few this morning and no problems. NE Branch is clear from Lake Artemesia to Armentrout Road, with only a few brief ice patches, but easy to navigate. The wood bridge by the College Park airport is the only place I had to walk. A few icy patches where melt runoff refreezes by the railroad bridge and under Alt Route 1. College Park and Hyattsville trolley trails are clear, a few spots where snow is plowed up over the curb ramps. Even the Paint Branch trail is nearly clear between Lake Artemesia and College Park -- asphalt showing through and easy to dodge remaining ice blobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Folks who biked on those cleared trails in Arlington, I have some bad news. The County Manager has proposed cutting the trail snow clearing program ENTIRELY in his proposed 1 cent cut. You can see the full list here - trail snow clearing is #21 on page [!@&*$ why can't they number pages!?!?!]. This would save a whopping $50k/year.

    Also of interest is #5, which would eliminate the expansion of the street light program. DES says that it will take responsibility for trail lighting in the street light program if and only if it gets the funds for the expanded program. The Manager says DES is taking responsibility for trail lighting regardless, though I've never seen that on paper.

    You may want to take a minute to remind the countyboard@arlingtonva.us (cc'ing the countymanager@arlingtonva.us) how important the trail snow clearing program is.

    Oh, and if you have some time to bike over some counters on cleared trails today, that may be a good idea too ;-)
    I sent an email. (And don't tell anyone, but in the winter, I routinely hit the Rossyln Bikeometer twice each direction.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheels&wings View Post
    Bobco's note above suggests the Bluemont Junction Trail is a priority for trail-clearing.

    Is that the case? Has anyone ridden on Bluemont recently? Thanks!! w&w
    I hiked it Tuesday evening from Ballston to Wilson. It was clear. It probably clear to the WOD, but there's no place to go from there.

    Going down Kensington will put you at Carlin Springs and the WOD if that is the direction you are going.

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    Just to confirm - IOD to Roosevelt Island's Mulchy Goodness to TR Bridge is rideable, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    Just to confirm - IOD to Roosevelt Island's Mulchy Goodness to TR Bridge is rideable, yes?
    This is what it looked like yesterday afternoon. Depends on what you think of as rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Depends on what you think of as rideable.
    ...not that. I suppose I COULD detour through Rosslyn to the path that goes around ANC up to the Memorial Bridge but that point I'm taking a gazillion detours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    ...not that. I suppose I COULD detour through Rosslyn to the path that goes around ANC up to the Memorial Bridge but that point I'm taking a gazillion detours.
    I did the Road Warrior thing this morning from Rosslyn: Key Bridge -> M St. -> PA Ave. -> 17th -> paths around the Washington Monument (clear except at bollards) -> Jefferson -> Seventh St.

    I guess I will reverse engineer that this afternoon.

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