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Thread: Custis Trail Intersection Improvements - Construction to begin later this month

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    Default Custis Trail Intersection Improvements - Construction to begin later this month

    From an email update (emphasis mine):
    "As you may have already seen, the contractor has begun installation of silt fence, tree protection and construction signage in preparation for construction of the Custis Trail intersection improvements.
    Upon approval of these measures and weather permitting, major construction activities are expected to begin later this month.

    Construction activities will initially focus on the N. Quinn/Lee Hwy and N. Scott/Lee Hwy intersections.
    During this phase of construction, please note the following:
    • The right-only lanes on westbound Lee Hwy at N. Quinn and at N. Scott Streets will be removed.
    • The north leg of the N. Scott/Lee Hwy intersection will be restricted to one-lane, northbound traffic only. Motorists wishing to exit the North Highlands neighborhood via N. Scott/Lee Hwy will be directed by detour signs to the N. Quinn/Lee Hwy intersection.
    The Custis Trail will remain open without detour during this phase of construction. Cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to proceed with caution in these areas due to the adjacent construction.
    • Expected duration for this phase of construction is approximately four weeks, weather permitting."

    To me, this says keep a heads up at the intersection with Quinn/Route 29 intersection, as there will be an increased number of people driving using that to exit/enter their neighborhood. I will post any updates on timing that I receive here.

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    This week, we've received notice that trail construction will enter new construction phase with the Custis Trail improvements near Lee Highway, weather permitting.

    Per email received:

    "During this phase, curb extension installations will continue and work will begin to improve the trail areas near the intersections.
    Please note the following regarding maintenance of traffic during this time:
    • The north leg of the N. Scott Street /Lee Highway intersection will be restricted to one lane; northbound traffic only. Motorists wishing to exit the North Highlands neighborhood (via N. Scott Street/Lee Highway) will be directed by detour signs to the N. Quinn Street/Lee Highway intersection.
    • The north leg of the N. Oak Street/Lee Highway intersection will be restricted to one lane; southbound traffic only. Motorists wishing to enter the North Highlands neighborhood (via N. Oak Street/Lee Highway) will be directed by detour signs to the N. Quinn Street/Lee Highway intersection.
    • Jersey barriers will be installed along the third westbound lane on Lee Highway for the Custis Trail detour. The Custis Trail will remain open, but will shift to the roadway behind the barriers between N. Scott and N. Oak Streets. Cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to proceed with caution in these areas due to the adjacent construction.
    • The existing bus stop (ART 55, WMATA 3Y) will be relocated to the west-side of the N. Scott/Lee intersection.
    This phase of construction is expected to continue for approximately six weeks, weather permitting."

    Be alert when riding through this area, as changes may progress rapidly.

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    Here’s your construction update for the Custis Trail Improvement project:

    • Next week, the contractor will begin removing the jersey barriers between N. Quinn Street and N. Oak Street. This means that the temporary Custis Trail path will shift back to the permanent alignment between N. Quinn Street and N. Oak Street. The third lane of Lee Highway in this section will remain closed to traffic in order to enable the contractor to complete work at the N. Oak Street intersection.

    • The jersey barriers will remain in place between N. Scott and N. Quinn Street to continue to accommodate the Custis Trail detour along this segment of the project.

    • The Custis Trail will remain open throughout construction and will be properly marked to clearly direct trail users at the transitions.

    • At times during this MOT phase, access to N. Oak Street will be closed or limited to one way for motorists during the standard work hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please watch for signs alerting to this temporary restriction.

    • Construction of the improvements between the N. Quinn and N. Oak Street intersections are expected to be complete before Bike to Work Day (5/18).

    • Due to a fabrication delay, the new traffic signals at N. Scott/Lee Highway intersection will be installed after completion of major construction activities. It is anticipated that they will be installed in the latter half of 2018.

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    This was probably a singular case of a detour being vastly superior to the original route. I shall miss it.

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    If you liked this detour, PLEASE tell Arlington (des@arlingtonva.us will work). We have another project coming to the Custis, and the detour for that one may not be quite as nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    This was probably a singular case of a detour being vastly superior to the original route. I shall miss it.
    I agree. Just make the trail for pedestrians and give us a permanent protected lane on the street.

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    Hello --

    +1 for loving the detour. This was my first day bike commuting this week so I don't know exactly when it happened, but the trail section between Quinn and Oak is open now. Coming inbound, when I returning to the trail from the road at Quinn, there seems to be some kind of gutter between the curb cut and the street. I hit that at my usual somewhat cautious downhill pace and got launched. Was not expecting a mountain bike feature on my morning commute (on the road bike to boot) so it is a two ice pack morning for the elderly shoulders.

    I didn't stop to examine it closely, but did anyone else find the transition a little rough?

    Liz

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminva View Post
    Hello --

    +1 for loving the detour. This was my first day bike commuting this week so I don't know exactly when it happened, but the trail section between Quinn and Oak is open now. Coming inbound, when I returning to the trail from the road at Quinn, there seems to be some kind of gutter between the curb cut and the street. I hit that at my usual somewhat cautious downhill pace and got launched. Was not expecting a mountain bike feature on my morning commute (on the road bike to boot) so it is a two ice pack morning for the elderly shoulders.

    I didn't stop to examine it closely, but did anyone else find the transition a little rough?

    Liz
    Nooooo! Hope you’re ok.

    I didn’t notice the issue with the transition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminva View Post
    Hello --

    +1 for loving the detour. This was my first day bike commuting this week so I don't know exactly when it happened, but the trail section between Quinn and Oak is open now. Coming inbound, when I returning to the trail from the road at Quinn, there seems to be some kind of gutter between the curb cut and the street. I hit that at my usual somewhat cautious downhill pace and got launched. Was not expecting a mountain bike feature on my morning commute (on the road bike to boot) so it is a two ice pack morning for the elderly shoulders.

    I didn't stop to examine it closely, but did anyone else find the transition a little rough?

    Liz
    I've noticed those transitions too, though while going uphill so no unexpected air for me. Disappointing that the Custis was left in worse shape, plus a missed opportunity to repave and smooth it out.

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    I noticed that rough transition Monday morning. I switch up my routes so haven't ridden it since. Hope you're OK!

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