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    Hi all – how are people maneuvering around Banneker Park (near East Falls Church) now that the County’s contractor has put up fencing to keep us out (in addition to the barricades)? I tried the official detour tonight and nearly got myself killed trying to cross the I-66 on-ramp off Sycamore/N Roosevelt (cars whip around their turns and completely ignore the Walk signal). Is there a safer detour? I wish that the County would adjust the signals so that people on foot or on bicycles could have a safe time to cross without being plowed under.
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    I’m doing trail past the basketball court to Roosevelt, right on 17th, left on Roosevelt/Sycamore, right on 16th.


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    I avoid the whole mess and take Columbia Street.

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    I agree with using Columbia to avoid the whole mess, if you're continuing west on the W&OD. On Columbia there's a light at Washington that's on a timed cycle--no beg button or dodgy pavement loops.

    I've been doing that since the detours for the Lee Hwy. bridge went up. The handling of that detour and the Banneker Park detour have been pretty dismal, in my opinion. Not to mention the attenuated schedule for both of these projects. I've seen very little visible progress on the Lee Hwy. bridge since the steel went up.

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    If you're a glutton for punishment, you could always use a version of one of Dirt's Tuesday Hill Rides from Bikenetic through Madison Manor and Dominion Hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheels&wings View Post
    Hi all – how are people maneuvering around Banneker Park (near East Falls Church) now that the County’s contractor has put up fencing to keep us out (in addition to the barricades)?
    Of course they had to put up a fence. It's not as if the barricades were ever going to work.

    Also, what Shawnofthedread and accordioneur said for the detour (16th becomes Columbia at the Arlington-Falls Church line, I assume).
    Last edited by bentbike33; 12-12-2019 at 09:44 AM.

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    Columbia avoids the bridge construction but not the Banneker Park section.
    Dread's and bentbike's option (the purple line on the map) is the continuation of Columbia/16th St. around Banneker. The trick here is that one has to cross Roosevelt without a traffic signal, which is easier or harder depending on time of day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnoftheDread View Post
    I’m doing trail past the basketball court to Roosevelt, right on 17th, left on Roosevelt/Sycamore, right on 16th.
    This is what I am doing as well. It is MUCH safer and easier than trying to navigate that 66 on ramp or the traffic coming in/out of the kiss & ride lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Columbia avoids the bridge construction but not the Banneker Park section.
    I do not understand this statement when the map you included in the very same post shows the route to take Columbia St. around Banneker Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accordioneur View Post
    I do not understand this statement when the map you included in the very same post shows the route to take Columbia St. around Banneker Park.
    I am guessing he means Roosevelt to Columbia vs Van Buren to Columbia.

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