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    Default Fixes on the trails in Arlington (NOT FIXIES)

    Another topic of discussion at Monday's ABAC meeting was the possibility of some funds to repave some of the Arlington-maintained trails. (NOT FIXIE THE TRAILS. THAT WOULD BE BRUTAL.) I believe the trails mentioned were Custis, FMR, the trail-along-110-by-the-cemetery, and the Bluemont Junction trail.

    So, forum-nati: if you could repave a section or two of the Arlington-maintained trails, what would you repave?
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    I'll start (I love this game).

    The Custis trail from the bridge over I66 at the top of the Rosslyn hill as far West as you can, but at least until the top of the next hill, but the bridge to nowhere/wouldn't-it-be-nice-to-have-a-trail-there-from-Rosslyn-to-Spout-Run.

    I think some others agree with me:
    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    [URL="http://goo.gl/maps/94uP6"]On the Custis east of Cherrydale, just after the pedestrian bridge to nowhere, is a pretty bad dip in the pavement of the custis. This needs to be repaired.
    Quote Originally Posted by Subby View Post
    Seconded. This has turned in to a bizarro roller coaster of bumps and dips for about 100 feet. Some of the depressions fill with leaves and water and freeze over. That whole stretch from the bottom of the corkscrew of fun (Lyon Village) east to Rosslyn\Lee Hwy could use some TLC in spots.
    And while you're there:
    Quote Originally Posted by oldbikechick View Post
    Put some sort of gutter near the wall of the portion of the Custis trail along 66 between Lee Hwy (Bergmann's) and Spout run so that when water comes out of the several downspouts onto the trail when it's cold, it doesn't freeze into a sheet of ice on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    [I'm pretty sure there was a 3rd, but I'm spacing... I'll update this when people remind me].
    Reminder: Bluemont Junction Trail.

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    1. Custis trail roots of death west of glebe are still roots of death despite a number of smoothing attempts.

    2. 4MR along the water pollution control plant to the power station needs to have some seams smoothed out.

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    I'll second the Custis roots, and bizarro roller coaster - the whole section from the Lee overpass down to Rosslyn has bits n' pieces that aren't so nice.

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    I'd like to see the reflective striping on the FMR and MVT trails re-painted. In many parts the lines have faded to the extent that they are barely visible in the dark, making it more difficult to see turns and follow the trail at night, esp. where there are oncoming headlights.

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    On the 110 trail along Arlington Cemetary, some reflective striping (or just the yellow line down the middle of the trail would be nice. It is hard to see where the path ends and the grass starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannon View Post
    On the 110 trail along Arlington Cemetary, some reflective striping (or just the yellow line down the middle of the trail would be nice. It is hard to see where the path ends and the grass starts.
    Hey, Shannon,
    I second your nomination for this improvement! Say, are you the guy I chatted with around 7:45 AM on FMR and MVT, Mon or Tues morning from Shirlington to the airport? You had yellow a jacket and foggy goggles, and we talked about Gary the homeless guy?
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arlingtonrider View Post
    I'd like to see the reflective striping on the FMR and MVT trails re-painted. In many parts the lines have faded to the extent that they are barely visible in the dark, making it more difficult to see turns and follow the trail at night, esp. where there are oncoming headlights.
    I agree with you, Arlingtonrider, with one proviso: No striping on all hilly turns (eg corkscrew of death on Custis near Spout Run) use reflective signs or side reflectors rather than stripping because reflective stripes are as slippery as ice when they're wet (and can cause some nasty spills--believe me I know) Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    I'll second the Custis roots, and bizarro roller coaster - the whole section from the Lee overpass down to Rosslyn has bits n' pieces that aren't so nice.

    The roots are especially bad heading into town, just beyond the exit for Ballston (Fairfax Dr.)--they redid so much in that area--why not this, the worst? (they did grind down, somewhat, a few, but it wasn't enough)

    Also in desperate need of repair is that totally rough 10 ' section on Custis going down to Rosslyn on the left of the yellow bollard, just before crossing N Scott St. It took me down hard about a month ago!

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