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    Default GBT Closure for Purple Line is coming SOON

    The Georgetown Branch Trail will close Tuesday, September 5th, for an estimated 4 to 5 year period. This is welcome news for commuters, as the new trail will be far better and longer. But the interim detour route has been criticized for utilizing poor routing, compounded by the refusal of the Town of Chevy Chase to erect signage on other, better routes.

    http://files.constantcontact.com/e5e...5857826bef.pdf

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    For the love of all that is good and holy, do not attempt to use East-West Highway as a detour route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    For the love of all that is good and holy, do not attempt to use East-West Highway as a detour route.
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...889999998&z=15 has the "unofficial" detour shared by Wash Cycle this morning.

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    Holy moly. I can't believe it's finally happening!!! Sadly, it's about 10 years too late for me.....

    In the late 2000s I used to commute from Silver Spring to Bethesda everyday. Partly because I was tired of all the grit and grime from the GBT and because I knew sometime in the future the trail would be closed for Purple Line construction I optimistically developed my own road route commute (below).
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24756861

    It's a tad longer and hillier, but it's not too trafficky. A lot of times I even rode the 1/4 mile on E-W HWY to Beach Dr instead of just crossing it. Once I developed this route I rarely ever took the trail again.

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    Depending on my schedule, I would really like to make this ride

    http://www.thewashcycle.com/2017/08/...l-ride-94.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    Holy moly. I can't believe it's finally happening!!! Sadly, it's about 10 years too late for me.....

    In the late 2000s I used to commute from Silver Spring to Bethesda everyday. Partly because I was tired of all the grit and grime from the GBT and because I knew sometime in the future the trail would be closed for Purple Line construction I optimistically developed my own road route commute (below).
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24756861

    It's a tad longer and hillier, but it's not too trafficky. A lot of times I even rode the 1/4 mile on E-W HWY to Beach Dr instead of just crossing it. Once I developed this route I rarely ever took the trail again.
    That's not too different from the unofficial detour route; looks to be just a bit more scenic and more in the neighborhood between Connecticut and the park.

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    I often ride on the GBT from the CCT to the point where it intersects Jones Mill Road and then follow Jones Mill northward to Beach Drive going west and eventually north again on Beach Drive. This is usually on weekends. What detour would anyone recommend. Conceivably it could be shorter. I don't want to ride Connecticut or Rockville Pike.

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    Calling Bobco...Calling Bobco...

    Seems a good video of the detour(s) would be a wildly useful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Calling Bobco...Calling Bobco...

    Seems a good video of the detour(s) would be a wildly useful thing.
    Quickly! While he's still around...

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    Sorry, guys, I can't make a video because my laptop is down! I was <2 hours away from finishing my Alexandria History Ride guidebook and in the middle of multiple video projects when the motherboard failed. I'm either getting a costly fix or a new laptop in the coming week.


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