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Thread: Bike Unfriendly Detour in Arlington -- Fairfax Drive & North Wakefield

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    Default Bike Unfriendly Detour in Arlington -- Fairfax Drive & North Wakefield

    The continuing road work at Fairfax and Glebe has now impacted the spot where the Ballston Connector Trail meets Fairfax Drive. Orange cones have been set up to direct trail/sidewalk users onto Fairfax Drive, but without a curb cut or ramp. Be prepared for a big bunnyhop or to walk your bike over the curb.

    I don't go through there often so I'm not sure how long it has been this way or how long it will continue.

    Repairs to this area were long overdue; hope the end result is an improvement for all modes of travel.

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    While they are doing this, I would hope they would rip up all that "brick work" in one shot. Hopefully this will be faster than Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run Dr.

    An alternative if coming from all the way from the WOD is to turn onto the Bluemont trail rather than the Custis. If coming from closer in, get off the Custis at George Mason and go south to Wilson and pick up the Bluemont trail at the corner of George Mason and Wilson. Another way is to turn south on George Mason and immediately across 66, turn left of Fairfax. Where Fairfax turns south get on the sidewalk to the left and this runs into the end of the Bluemont trail and continues in front of the Holiday Inn. Note that the Bluemont trail will deposit you on the south side of Fairfax Drive.
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    They did it mid day tuesday or wednesday. Wasn't there when I went in, and I got a big surprise on the way home.

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    Coming through today, it looks as if the concrete was dry and open. There is still a little problem just east of Wakefield on the north side of Fairfax.

    Unfortunately, I was on the south side (in front of the Holiday Inn) so I didn't get a good look. They were beginning to rip up that side as well. I think there is unlikely to be a good detour on the south side connecting the Bluemont trail to the Holiday Inn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DismalScientist View Post
    Coming through today, it looks as if the concrete was dry and open.
    It's passable now, but still pretty unpleasant. I expect they will still be tearing up more of the sidewalk and laying new concrete, so it may close again.

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    I work in one of the buildings in that block, you can also turn north on Wakefield and go around the building to catch the trail on the back side.

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    I'd still like to know why they've redone all the corners in that area, not sure it has gained any benefit outside of cosmetics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogburt View Post
    I'd still like to know why they've redone all the corners in that area, not sure it has gained any benefit outside of cosmetics.
    They're getting rid of most of the slip lanes and reconfiguring the intersections along that stretch for better pedestrian access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    They're getting rid of most of the slip lanes and reconfiguring the intersections along that stretch for better pedestrian access.
    To add to your post, here's the project page: http://www.arlingtonva.us/department...page67332.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    To add to your post, here's the project page: http://www.arlingtonva.us/department...page67332.aspx
    Yeah, I've seen that site. It could definitely be improved with some simple "before" and "after" graphics highlighting specific features of the improvements. (As opposed to an engineering diagram.)

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