The Virginia Department of Transportation held a groundbreaking for construction work on the Boundary Channel Drive Interchange Improvements project on September 28th, 2022. The project will deliver safety and mobility improvements for people walking, biking and driving, along with expanded access to recreational activities.
When complete, the project will:
Reallocate underutilized roadway space on Boundary Channel Drive to expand sidewalks and add a multi-use trail
Convert ramp terminals along Boundary Channel Drive into roundabouts
Add a multi-use trail connection to an existing terminus of the Mount Vernon Trail along the Pentagon Lagoon Yacht Basin, on National Park Service Property. This will add a new trail connection between Crystal City-Pentagon City and the regional trail network
Implement operational and safety improvements for people driving on I-395, Boundary Channel Drive and Long Bridge Drive.
Construction is anticipated to last approximately 15 months, and will conclude in late 2023. Access to the Long Bridge Aquatic Center will be maintained at all times.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail will host a ribbon cutting with representatives from the National Park Service on Saturday, September 24th at 10 a.m. celebrating the completion of a reconstructed Bridge 12 near Fort Hunt.
The recently completed bridge is a significant upgrade from the old bridge. The new bridge features a 14 foot width with railings that comply with current bridge standards. The bridge is also has straightened approaches which also have a reduced grade compared to the previous bridge. In addition to the new bridge, the trail surface was replaced from Waynewood Boulevard to Fort Hunt Road. A trail counter is also being installed near the Waynewood Boulevard crossing.
You might have noticed a little box attached to the signs for the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at the crosswalks between the Mount Vernon Trail and Memorial Bridge. What is it? Are you on Mount Vernon Trail Candid Camera?
The box is there to automatically detects people approaching the crosswalk and activates the RRFB to improve safety at the trail crossing. The RRFBs were installed as part of the Memorial Circle Safety Improvements which also included lane reductions at multiple crossings. The automatic detection was installed after post evaluation of the project determined that a low percentage of trail users were using the button to activate the RRFBs.
On August 9th, 2022, the Department of Transportation announced award of $20 million grant to fund the Long Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge across the Potomac River. The bridge will connect East Potomac Park, Long Bridge Park in Arlington and the Mount Vernon Trail.
If you saw someone on the trail in June who looked like he was in the middle of a 3,000 mile run, it was probably Shan Riggs. On July 2nd, Shan became the first person to run the entire length of the East Coast Greenway, running 40 miles a day for 78 days. The Mount Vernon Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and is roughly the halfway point. Shan’s run was part of a fundraising effort to support the East Coast Greenway Alliance which works towards the mission of making the ECG 100% off-road.
Those accessing the Mount Vernon Trail via Four Mile Run Trail will see a detour beginning on July 25th as Dominion Energy begins work to replace the substation at the corner of Eads St and the Four Mile Run Trail. Dominion will also be undergrounding some of the overhead high voltage transmission lines that cross Four Mile Run towards Alexandria.
Crews have set up detours along Route 1/Richmond Highway and South Glebe Road in anticipation of the closure.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail (FoMVT) is seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors and serve in the role of Treasurer. FoMVT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that partners with the National Park Service to improve the Mount Vernon Trail through volunteer stewardship.
The ideal candidate will have some experience with book keeping or accounting. The primary duties of the Treasurer include:
Monthly tracking and reconciliation of income and expenses
Producing monthly and annual financial statements
Completing annual federal and state financial documents
As a member of the Board of Directors, responsibilities include:
Service on at least one committee to provide recommendations to full board
Reviewing and adopting organizational plans and policies
Supporting the organization through giving or getting resources
Serving as an ambassador for the organization
The anticipated time commitment is 4 hours per month. If you are interested please send an introductory e-mail to Board Chair Judd Isbell at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us about yourself and what interests you in serving on the Board and as our Treasurer by July 30th. Candidates will be reviewed and interviewed by a committee of current Board members.
FoMVT strives to build a Board that reflects the diversity of the people that use the trail.
On June 10th and 11th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) will host guided tours of the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) site in Old Town North. The tours will offer members of the public an opportunity to meet with the project team and visit the site, which has been closed off from Old Town North and the waterfront for decades. These guided tours will offer members of the public an opportunity to visit the site and learn more about the vision for a vibrant, friendly and walkable waterfront community.
The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority will be holding an online public meeting to talk about the Long Bridge Project on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:00 P.M.
The Long Bridge Project will construct a new, two-track railroad bridge next to the existing Long Bridge, creating a four-track corridor. A new bike-pedestrian bridge also will be constructed as part of the mitigation to National Park Service (NPS) parkland and will span the Potomac River and George Washington Memorial Parkway, connecting Long Bridge Park directly to East and West Potomac Parks.
Can’t make the meeting? The VPRA will also be holding two all-day pop-ups at the Wharf in DC on Wednesday, June 15, and at the Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center on Saturday, June 18.
The Crystal City to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Multimodal Connection (CC2DCA) study team recently released a summary of community feedback on the initial concepts for a direct pedestrian connection between Crystal City and National Airport. The feedback included multiple requests for a direction connection to the Mount Vernon Trail. Based on community and transportation agency feedback, five designs have been advanced for further development as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
The five concepts being advanced for further study which includes a mix of alignments that incorporate either a tunnel, bridge or both.
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail submitted comments supporting a direct connection of any concept to the Mount Vernon Trail to provide additional options for trail users to reach National Airport and National Landing. We joined multiple other groups advocating for Concept 7D. Additional public outreach will occur in Fall 2022.