Arlington County released the responses to a questionnaire conducted this summer in support of a study about building a new multimodal bridge from Crystal City to DCA. The study is exploring the possibility of providing walking and biking connections to the airport as well as connections to transit such Metro, buses and the VRE. Multiple comments supported adding direct access from the Mount Vernon Trail to the bridge. The current access to the airport from the trail involves traveling through a parking lot, an uncomfortable underpass with 90 degree turns and crossing over some ramps before entering a parking garage that is far from the terminals.
Because the project would use federal funds and also likely impact federal lands in the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the next action is to conduct a NEPA process that will include an Environmental Assessment that would produce multiple alternatives as well as a preferred alternative for construction. The NEPA process is lengthy and is anticipated to take three years.
On Wednesday, September 29 at 7 p.m., Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) will host the forth in a series of virtual and open house community meetings regarding the transformation of the Potomac River Generating Site (PRGS) in the Old Town North of Alexandria. The area plan guiding this re-development includes several improvements and connections around the Mount Vernon Trail.
The meeting will focus on reviewing HRP’s first formal filing to the City for the project, known as the Coordinated Development District (CDD) Concept Plan #1. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions related to the proposed plan.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail have received a $250 Clean Trail Grant from ExtremeTerrain Offroad Outfitters. ExtremeTerrain specializes in parts and accessories for offroad Jeep 4x4s. The grant will help support the Friend’s of Mount Vernon Trail’s cleanup event on Saturday, September 18th at Gravelly Point. The grant will support purchase and maintenance of trash grabbers and trash bags for this event and several other cleanups in the coming year.
We hope that you will sign up for the Gravelly Point cleanup or volunteer for any of our other upcoming volunteer events.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail have multiple volunteer events in June. We’ll be doing work on the three most notorious blind curves caused by vegetation. If you’re interested in donating to help get more pruners and loppers into volunteers hands, you can visit https://paypal.me/mountvernontrail
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail and Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling are hosting a meeting with the George Washington Memorial Parkway on Thursday May 20th at 7 p.m. GWMP will discuss the Mount Vernon Trail Corridor Study which provided a safety assessment of the trail as well as the Southern George Washington Memorial Parkway Safety Study. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail is growing and seeking individuals who are interested in leading some of our weekly volunteer trail improvement events or contributing to ongoing support of the organization’s administrative functions.
If you’re interested in leading a volunteer event, attend our new leader orientation and find out what’s involved in leading an event and how we’ll train you. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153732176077
The George Washington Memorial Parkway will host a public meeting on Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. to discuss the results of the Southern George Washington Memorial Parkway Safety Study. The study focused on safety of the Parkway between the Mount Vernon Estates and the southern city limit of Alexandria.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail and the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling will host another meeting with the George Washington Memorial Parkway on May 20th that focuses more specifically on improvements for trail users crossing the southern Parkway. Details and meeting link to come.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail needs your help to continue improving the trail. Sign up for a volunteer trail improvement event or donate to help us purchase tools and supplies.
Updated plans for the Boundary Channel Interchange Improvement Project were presented at the Arlington County Transportation Commission Meeting on April 28th, 2021. The project includes building a multiuse trail connecting Long Bridge Drive near the aquatics center to the Mount Vernon Trail. The plans incorporate several improvements requested through public outreach. Major changes to the plan include:
Widening of the trail on the north side.
Moving the trail further away from the roadway.
Straightening the approaches where the trail crosses on and off ramps. These previously had tight 90 degree turns.
Installation of Rapid Flashing Beacons at ramp crossings.
Requests for Proposals for a Design-Build contract were released February 28th with an expected award this summer. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2022 with completion expected in the Fall of 2023. The presentation to the Transportation Commission is in the video below.
Explore the Mount Vernon Trail and contribute to scientific understanding of biodiversity during the City Nature Challenge! Using the free iNaturalist app, capture clear photos of wild plants, animals, fungi, and other living organisms, and share them with a worldwide network of hobbyists, naturalists, and scientists to learn about the nature around you. At the same time you’ll be adding to a global data set that helps us understand the distribution, movement, and diversity of life on our planet.
Participating in the City Nature Challenge is a great way to learn the names of the species you see on the trail. It is also helpful to the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail by helping to identify the location of invasive plants
The City of Alexandria and Hilco will hold a second public meeting on April 29th at 6 p.m. to discuss the Old Town North Small Area Plan. The plan will guide redevelopment of the former power plant and includes multiple connections to the Mount Vernon Trail, including construction of a parallel pedestrian trail.
From the press release:
On Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m., the City of Alexandria will host the second in a series of virtual community meetings regarding the transformation of the Potomac River Generating Site (PRGS) in the Old Town North. The City and the HRP Alexandria team are committed to engaging the community and obtaining feedback on this project and are working together to facilitate the best possible process during this challenging time. In-person community meetings will supplement online engagement throughout this process when public gatherings are again permitted.
The meeting will focus on reviewing the 2017 Old Town North Small Area Plan (OTN SAP), which includes a framework for redevelopment on the site. Hilco Redevelopment Partners will also provide an update on implementation efforts since the Plan’s adoption.