New Temporary Path And Detour Of W&OD Trail Near Lee Highway

Users of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail will have to use a new detour near Lee Highway as VDOT works on a new trail bridge.

Progress on the W&OD Trail bridge(via VDOT)

The detour will take trail users from the streets on to a 200-foot temporary pavement path that’s adjacent to the new bridge under construction. This new bridge will enhance safety for both trail users and motorists by keeping trail users from traffic at the intersection of Lee Highway and Fairfax Drive in the East Falls Church area.

“This section of the W&OD Trail serves approximately 1,500 trail users on weekdays and over 2,000 on weekends,” VDOT said on its website. “On weekdays, the W&OD Trail is a significant commuter route, carrying a steady flow of cyclists in both directions, tying together much of the region’s trail network. On weekends, the trail is a prime recreational resource for thousands of cyclists, runners, walkers, and more.”

According to a press release, the new configuration will remain in place until the project is complete, but the previous detour onto side streets could be used again during some phases of construction.

In the meantime, work on the bridge still goes on with an expected opening in fall. According to VDOT, new abutments and bridge beams have already been installed with crews currently working on installing steel onto the deck. By late April, concrete pours are expected to be finished.

“W&OD Trail bridge construction is part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project, which is adding a travel lane along four miles of eastbound I-66 and installing approximately 12,000 linear feet of new and replacement noise barriers,” VDOT said. “The project also includes constructing a new direct access ramp from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro Station at the Route 7 Interchange, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.”

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