Rev up your email clients or mark your calendars, VDOT is taking public comment on a proposed design for the reconstruction of the Washington Blvd bridge over 110. Which bridge is that and why should you care? It's the bridge that you cross if you take the path that connects the east end of Columbia Pike up past the 9/11 memorial to the Mt Vernon Trail and Memorial Bridge. This bridge:
Props to Arlington County who has been working with VDOT on the design; it includes a 14-foot shared-use path on the east side, and an eight-foot sidewalk on the west side. Not only is the trail side widened, but there is a physical barrier added between the path and car traffic. The VDOT project page doesn't mention it, but I believe the "lengthening" of the bridge mentioned will also help provide additional space for the long-mired 110 trail.
Hopefully more information will become available as we get closer to the February 13th public hearing. If you'd like to email your comments in early, you might want to: 1) applaud VDOT for including such a nice wide, physically separated trail connection on the bridge. 2) "encourage" them to commit to keeping the trail connection open during rush hour throughout construction (the page commits to maintaining 2 lanes of car traffic at all times but doesn't mention bicycles). Please post additional thoughts here with any cyclist concerns you may think of.