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    Default Ballston Connector closed? Or the trail on the other side of the pond?

    Early this morning (I gather they were placed sometime yesterday as they weren’t there yesterday morning) there were trail closed and detour signs around the Ballston Connector from the Custis and at least one down at the Fairfax Dr end. All were turned so one could pass by. Looking at the Arlington County project page (https://www.arlingtonva.us/Governmen...256a4671|en-US), it looks like there will be a closure on the east side of the Ballston pond on the trail between Washington Blvd and Fairfax Dr. The signs made it sound like Ballston Connector itself would be closed.
    Anyone have more information? There is nothing about how long anything will be closed.

    The signs this morning were poorly placed and would be easy to run into the feet in the dark, especially the one at the Fairfax Dr end. They take up a lot of the trail. Any way these can be placed to not cause hazards?

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    Information from Arlnow.com https://www.arlnow.com/2021/12/02/lo...er-pond-begin/





    Work began yesterday (Wednesday) on the long-delayed Ballston Beaver Pond remediation project — but no busy beavers will be involved.

    The $4.2 million, 18-month project approved by the County Board this summer will retrofit the pond, originally built in 1980 to collect stormwater runoff from I-66. Today, sediment in the pond prevents detention, and it instead has become home to abundant wildlife, including beavers, according to a county report.
    The project, expected to wrap up in July 2023, aims to improve stormwater retention and the wildlife habitat by restoring native plant species and adding habitat features. There will be a new observation platform with educational signage, seating and a reconstructed trail with bike racks.
    Arlington County says the new two-acre wetland area will provide stormwater treatment to 460 acres of land in the Lubber Run watershed, and “is among the County’s most effective opportunities to achieve its water quality objectives and meet its regulatory requirements.”
    This month, the construction contractor will be setting up the site, county project manager Aileen Winquist tells ARLnow. Excavation will begin next year.
    “From now until the end of the year, neighbors will see the contractor bringing in equipment and setting up the boundaries of the construction area,” she said. “In the new year, neighbors will begin to see dump trucks full of sediment removed from the pond leaving the site.”
    Public access will be limited as well. The grass area within the park will be off-limits, as it will be used for construction. A bike and pedestrian detour will reroute trail users from Washington Blvd to the Custis Trail and along the south side of the pond.
    The detour will be in place for the entirety of construction, Winquist says.
    Last edited by CaseyKane50; 12-03-2021 at 01:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    The signs this morning were poorly placed and would be easy to run into the feet in the dark, especially the one at the Fairfax Dr end. They take up a lot of the trail. Any way these can be placed to not cause hazards?
    lumberjack, v. - moving a human-placed obstruction on a trail, sidewalk or bike lane that was originally placed by someone oblivious to the inconvenience or danger it may cause to people not in cars. Generally performed in the spirit of considerate vigilantism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    lumberjack, v. - moving a human-placed obstruction on a trail, sidewalk or bike lane that was originally placed by someone oblivious to the inconvenience or danger it may cause to people not in cars. Generally performed in the spirit of considerate vigilantism.
    Everyone needs a little Lumberjack in their lives.


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