The past three years have featured a regular December feature I call the Christmas Wish List. Before getting into this year's list - which will again take a unique turn - let's look at the progress from the previous three years.
For anything skipped there is no status.
2. WB&A to ATTS connection - Found out the Glenn Dale-Seabrook-Lanham and Vicinity Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment includes plans to build a sidepath from the southern end of the WB&A along highway 704. If it went far enough it could connect to the Marvin Gaye Park trail and then to the Anacostia Riverwalk.
3. Suitland Parkway Trail rehab and extention - DDOT, at least, is looking at rehabing it's portion of the trail. I'll know more abou this on Tuesday.
9. New York Ave Met branch Trail - opened in 2005, it's sat basically useless since. But on July 22nd of this year a 12-month contract was signed to finish this section to Franklin Street. So this should open by the end of July 2009. But there was a hold up with PEPCO and their land and so construction north to R Street won't start until the spring. Still I've heard it is to be finished in 2009. Hooray!
10 - Connecting to the 14th Street Bridges - Work began in January on the Humpback bridge that will create a new crossing under the GW Parkway, but in October the Arlington BAC reported that the Pentagon Area Bike and Pedestrian Access plan showed the proposed trail underneath the new Humpback Bridge will end abruptly and not connect to anything. The North Tract crossing, meanwhile, is back on track. The park was renamed Long Bridge Park and the Park Service began work on the EA.
11- Improve Rock Creek Park Trail - The MUP was repaved this spring from Virginia Ave to P Street, but the larger work languishes in NPS/DDOT purgatory. The EA for the redesigned trail was to come out in July last I heard, but if it did, I missed it.
10 - WB&A extension to DC and BWI - This is a little different than what was mentioned in 2005, but it still benefits from the same Glenn Dale-Seabrook-Lanham and Vicinity Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment. At least for going south. Plans to cross the Patuxent were listed as high priority in Maryland's Trails Strategic Implementation Plan (even if they did call it the BW&A instead of the WB&A). Also I noted that at some point the trail was extended south of Patuxent Road along Brager's Road, but I'm unsure how far south it goes right now.
11 - Dupont Circle Bike Station - Though not necesarily a setback, an art group has its gaze set on the same space I covet. This is just like in high school when Billy Shepherd and I both wanted to date Violet Rassmussen. Let's hope the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground doesn't play quarterback like Billy did or this could end just as badly. On the upside, work began on the Union Station bike station, which means DDOT may be willing to look for a second location.
2007 - Bridges
1. Wilson - While both spans of the bridge are open and have been since the summer, the opening of the bike trail between Alexandria and National Harbor has slipped to NET Spring of 2009. A trail from Route 1 south of the Capital Beltway to the Washington Street deck reportedly opened this Fall (I haven't seen it yet) and a trail from Telegraph Road at Huntington Avenue, passing over the Beltway to connect with Eisenhower Avenuewill open late in 2009. Hooray!
4. 14th - The EIS process has continued all year and will conclude in 2009. Sadly, I have not been able to make it to any of the meetings or know much about it. Anyone have any status? A new 14th street bridge with better bike access was included in the non-official new plan for the National Mall.