DC is building the new Metropolitan Police Department's Property and Evidence Warehouse along the south side of the Oxon Cove Connector Trail - the short, somewhat rough, trail that connects DC Village Lane to Oxon Cove National Park and to the Wilson Bridge's ATL. Recently, as part of the work, a piece of the trail was fenced off and a smaller piece subsequently dug under. For those who used this trail, it was - to say the least - inconvenient. One called it a "textbook example of how NOT to handle a trail closing". There was no warning. There were no detour signs. And there was no brush clearing/temporary trail construction. Riders were,however, able to get around the closing.
To DDOT's credit, once they were made aware of the issue they were able to build a temporary wooden detour within a week.
When the DCMud article ran last May, I asked Jim Sebastian of DDOT about the project and if repaving the trail could be done in conjunction with it. One would hope that at least the part that has been dug up will be replaced.
This does not necessarily mean DDOT should have known about the trail closure. I suspect it's more likely that in planning it was never intended that the trail be fenced off and that this was a step taken "in the field" (and then without contacting DDOT about it). Either way, it's nice to see that steps were taken quickly to address this.