New W&OD Trail Bridge Crossing Rt. 29 Avoids Chaotic Intersection

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New W&OD Trail Bridge Crossing Rt. 29 Avoids Chaotic Intersection

The Falls Church News-Press ^

| March 18, 2021
| Matt Delaney

Posted on 03/25/2021 11:43:14 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The anticipated opening of the Washington & Old Dominion trail bridge over Route 29 along the City of Falls Church and Arlington’s border is finally here, letting pedestrians and cyclists alike breathe a sigh of relief.

A ribbon was cut for the bridge on Friday, signaling the completion of one major part of the Dual Trails project that is being started in Falls Church and eventually expanded to other sections of the W&OD, according to NOVA Parks executive director Paul Gilbert, the agency that primarily manages the trail.

But more importantly, the bridge’s construction removes one of the 45-mile trail’s harrowing road crossings that lies at the intersection of Route 29 (Lee Highway) and the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 66, allowing for safer passage for the 1,500 – 2,000 users it sees each day.

It’s been a running theme for NOVA Parks to find these sketchier spots along the path and build either a bridge or an underpass to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. Gilbert said that started with the Citizens Bridge over Route 7 in the City of Falls Church back in the early 90s, but has really picked up in the past decade to address areas such as the underpass at the Route 7 and Route 9 junction just west of Leesburg and another one running underneath Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

Future sites that have been targeted include a bridge over Wiehle Avenue in Reston and one going over Sterling Boulevard in Sterling.

“We have 70 cross streets on the W&OD…and we’re trying to prioritize the busiest and most challenging roadways and have great separation. So either the road goes over the trail or the trail goes over the road,” Gilbert said.

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