Steve Eldridge has been covering the new study that showed the Washington region to be very much lacking in both planning and infrastructure, when it comes to evacuating the city in an emergency. One writer wrote in about the lack of facilities for bikes and pedestrians.
“The 34-page report never even mentioned the role of pedestrians in emergency evacuations. However, walking was the primary means of evacuating Manhattan on 9/11, and an important means of evacuation in the D.C. area.
“As to Potomac River crossings, there are no pedestrian and bicycle provisions on the American Legion Bridge on the Beltway. Let’s have at least one pedestrian crossing between Montgomery and Fairfax Counties before we worry about creating multiple automobile crossings."
I'd love to see a pedestrian crossing on the American Legion Bridge, and I've heard talk of it before, but I'm not sure how much it would help people to evacuate. Better to connect the Virginia side of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge's downstream pedestrian bridge to something. Wouldn't it be great if you could go across the TR on the downstream side and then on a new bridge over Arlington Boulevard and the Jefferson Davis Highway that perfectly centered the Iwo Jima Memorial in the middle? It would almost make going to Virginia worthwhile.