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    If you've noticed a lot of construction equipment along the Custis Trail in Rosslyn, it's because the Lynn Street Esplanade and Custis Trail Improvements project is about to start another phase of construction. This one will begin as early as December 3, and will narrow part of the trail to 6 feet between Fort Meyer Drive and Lynn Street.

    When all is said and done, the project will do some great things for trail users, including widening the Custis Trail, shortening crossing distances, and giving everyone more space within the project area.

    I wrote up a short piece on the BikeArlington blog with a bit more detail. We have a second piece going up this week, and I'll share that one here too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin Potter View Post
    If you've noticed a lot of construction equipment along the Custis Trail in Rosslyn, it's because the Lynn Street Esplanade and Custis Trail Improvements project is about to start another phase of construction. This one will begin as early as December 3, and will narrow part of the trail to 6 feet between Fort Meyer Drive and Lynn Street.

    When all is said and done, the project will do some great things for trail users, including widening the Custis Trail, shortening crossing distances, and giving everyone more space within the project area.

    I wrote up a short piece on the BikeArlington blog with a bit more detail. We have a second piece going up this week, and I'll share that one here too.
    ‘‘Tis the year of narrow trails and construction detours in Arlington.


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    Planned 16’ wide trail with 6-foot buffer (existing 10’ & 3’buffer)
    Great news.

    Looking good:

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    Praise be the little baby Jesus.

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    I'm happy for this project. I'm sad that it doesn't really do very much, in my opinion, to improve safety at the IOD and its surrounding intersections. I love "luminous bodies" and "semi-custom fences" as much as the next guy, but pedestrian bridges over Lynn St. and both directions of Lee Hwy would be much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accordioneur View Post
    I'm happy for this project. I'm sad that it doesn't really do very much, in my opinion, to improve safety at the IOD and its surrounding intersections. I love "luminous bodies" and "semi-custom fences" as much as the next guy, but pedestrian bridges over Lynn St. and both directions of Lee Hwy would be much better.
    The IOD can be much improved for much less cost than building bridges (or tunnels), and actually is better than those alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    The IOD can be much improved for much less cost than building bridges (or tunnels), and actually is better than those alternatives.
    Do you feel the current work will accomplish those improvements?

    Also, I read the linked post. It proposes some smart improvements but ignores a number of danger spots in the greater IOD (that is, other than the Custis trail crossing at Lynn St.). For example, my most recent terrifying near accident was on the south side of Gateway Park.
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    No. The Esplanade project does only a little to improve the IoD, if anything. I also think it will exacerbate conflicts at the Marriott (cars will need to roll forward onto the trail in order to see Lee Highway and turn onto it).
    My post did not specifically deal with the south side of Gateway Park, which is its own sh**show.

    The purpose of my post was to suggest a superior alternative to a tunnel or bridge over/under Lynn St., which almost certainly would take longer and be way more expensive (and therefore less likely to ever happen), to fix the IoD. It only dealt with that one location. Other people have been thinking about the rest of Rosslyn for a while.

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    I'm also disappointed the project does not involve mode separation on the Custis.

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    Note the absurd location of the beg button pole - right in the path of travel. Also encroaching on the queuing area, which can be one of the busiest in the whole DMV.
    I'm all for accommodations as per ADA, but this pole needs to be moved about 2-3 feet to the south and off the trail.
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    <rant> This is just one more example of why it makes sense to bring 90% drawings to the BAC. We would have caught this before it was installed. The same thing happened up the hill at Scott St. Arlington County had to go back and pay to have the pole moved, a waste of taxpayer money. That money and time could have been saved if the people who ride bikes--and are actually appointed to help the county make bicycling better--had been given an opportunity to see the placement first. </rant>

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