I remember when I first saw the website kayak.com I thought to myself, "self, you didn't know you needed this, but you did." That's the same way I feel about this new (to me) discovery that was mentioned in the Examiner over a month ago:
Arlington County is now providing updates on county construction projects to the public via an online database. CAPTrack, a searchable list of more than 400 capital improvement projects, grew out of the county's own method of tracking construction progress.
If you're a local transportation policy nerd (and if you haven't noticed, I kind of am) CAPtrack is Paradise. You can sort it for just Trails & Bikeways projects and get the latest update on all of Arlington counties projects. For example:
Project Name CUSTIS TRAIL WESTOVER UNDERPASS @ I-66 Summary REALIGN BIKE TRAIL AND PROVIDE NECESSARY DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRAIL @ I-66 UNDERPASS NEAR WESTOVER PARK & N. KENNEBEC ST. Current Status Active, currently in the Implementation phase (4 of 5).
[01/09/2006] Contractor is preparing a proposal for construction. Expected completion Winter 2006.
Besides the nerdy pleasure of having the latest 411, it also represents a movement toward open government, which I think is a pretty good thing, just like open code, open source and open content. DC, Alexandria, MoCo, etc...now you have someone to emulate.