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Thread: Memorial Bridge lane closures will be "permanent" through 2021

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    Trollheim
    I am not familiar with the name Trollheim (from context it looks like you mean the wooden, elevated path of the MVT, also unlit at night, but at least plenty wide); I take it that this forum slang and not an official name for this section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yule View Post
    I am not familiar with the name Trollheim (from context it looks like you mean the wooden, elevated path of the MVT, also unlit at night, but at least plenty wide); I take it that this forum slang and not an official name for this section.
    Correct. If only a name like "Trollheim" could be official.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    Tried the bridge coming from custis and MVT this morning. Horrible
    I agree with your negative assessment of the conditions following the total downstream side shutdown this week.

    This evening I witnessed (from the safe distance of a few seconds' slow-to-moderate rising speed behind), a near collision between two bicyclists right at the blind turn towards the terminus of the bridge on the DC side. This even though one of them was ringing away at his bell to alert an unseen oncomer, there was no way to see each other and hardly the space to dodge out of the way; it was a near miss; my memory tells me there was some kind of construction-related equipment right there, partially blocking the sidewalk, which must have contributed. That and (obviously) the sudden rise in bicycle traffic, including by people who normally take the now-closed downstream side in.

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    Coming from the south on the MVT I tried taking the lane into DC this morning, as a few others had suggested, and think it may be the fastest, easiest and safest option. I also then avoid the stairs on 14th St Bridge until that detour is finished.

    I am not sure, however, that one of the lanes would be as convenient in the evenings out to Virginia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTC_DC View Post
    Coming from the south on the MVT I tried taking the lane into DC this morning, as a few others had suggested, and think it may be the fastest, easiest and safest option. I also then avoid the stairs on 14th St Bridge until that detour is finished.

    I am not sure, however, that one of the lanes would be as convenient in the evenings out to Virginia.
    Perhaps it's just the sidewalk vs. vehicle traffic during my normal commute into DC, but I still find that the sidewalk seems to be a faster option than taking one of the lanes. In my view, it's definitely more comfortable than taking the lane with the proviso that, as always, you need to be careful and respectful of other foot and wheeled traffic on the sidewalk.

    I agree with the assessment for the Virginia-bound traffic in the evening. I suppose that taking the lane would mean taking the middle reversible lane outbound, then merging to the left with traffic that might be coming northbound around Memorial Circle, to hop onto the MUP north of Memorial Circle. As much as I dislike crossing those 3 lanes of traffic, at least I can see the traffic coming and decide when to cross. Sometimes this means stopping in front of the near or middle lane waiting for traffic in the other lane(s) to stop. But for me, this seems safer than mixing it up on the bridge with the angry outbound traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTC_DC View Post
    I am not sure, however, that one of the lanes would be as convenient in the evenings out to Virginia.
    Outbound this time of year is tough because of the low sun. Memorial Bridge drivers are driving directly into it.

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    Have we discussed that corner on the DC-NE corner of the bridge sidepath yet? The completely blind 90 degree left you have to make if you're headed east (right if you're headed west)? Seems like a collision waiting to happen with more than modest traffic.

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    It was mentioned quickly. I've never rounded that bend until this week, but I only had to do it once to see that it's a bad spot. Have to open the angle of approach to increase sight lines and stopping time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Ah, but they've added flags at the highly dangerous crossing.

    Flags.
    I used them. Felt MUCH safer.

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    I should have read this thread before riding a bike from the Capitol to Falls Church last night. I had heard about the closure, but thought it would be on the Northern side of the bridge. When I got to it (in the dark), the South side walkway was barricaded and I could find no detour signs or maps posted at all. I walked the bike across Eastbound (city-bound) bridge traffic, rode with (in) Westbound bridge traffic in the left lane, ran around the traffic circle on the Virginia side, but still could not find what path to take there. So I re-merged with traffic heading Eastbound across the bridge back into DC, and bailed at the path that crosses the parkway to the trail to Rosslyn.

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    So.... commuters heading into Virginia to the Mount Vernon Trail to the are supposed to cross Henry Bacon Drive, 23rd Street, the Rock Creek Parkway (TWICE), Route 50/Arlington Boulevard (TWICE), and finally, Memorial Avenue? And then, to top things off are supposed to Washington Boulevard, then cross the Washington Memorial Parkway? Is this truly what is being proposed? Why doesn't the NPS endorse Crisscrossing the Beltway in high heels while they're at it? Count 'em, you're crossing a dozen roads, half of them high speed arteries, with no traffic control and when the "odd soul" motorist takes pity and stops for you, others won't anyway and will swerve around them!

    Here's what I ended up doing:

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    At least, coming off the bridge in the left travel lane, I was able to get directly onto the Memorial Avenue loop without having to cross any highways.

    Now that I know what's happening there , it looks as if, from the Lincoln Memorial, taking Rock Creek Parkway headed North, to Roosevelt Bridge, to the Mount Vernon Trail would have been the better option than taking Memorial Bridge.
    Last edited by phog; 10-25-2018 at 05:28 PM.

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