New W&OD Bridge May Open Early

Thursday, July 2, 2020
by Ed Hazelwood
Detours on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail where it crosses Lee Highway in Arlington started in April this year as construction began on a new bridge that will carry the W&OD Trail safely over Lee Highway (Rt 29) much to the delight of cyclists, runners and car drivers. Pedal Patter is pleased to report that construction may be completed early, “perhaps sometime in August” according to a construction supervisor on the site about a week ago. As you can see in the accompanying photographs progress is being made on a daily basis.
According to the project website about 2,000 people use the trail in this area on peak days. It has a steady stream of recreational users as well as commuters. Official estimates which still appear on the website say the construction will be completed in Fall 2020. We are hopeful the earlier August 2020 timeline will come about and let cyclists and others make use of the new and safer improvement more quickly.

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