January 2011 Arlington BAC Notes
As usual these are from the draft notes of a meeting I did not attend
Snow removal: The new snow removal policy has been approved by the County. The County has established a snow implementation planning group that has members from various County departments. Some salt was put down on the Custis Trail as a result of the last snowfall (which was relatively light). County staff noted that other jurisdictions do nothing for trails as a result of any snowfall. The issue of snow removal along the Route 110 trail was brought up since it was noted that there was no snow removal on this trail last year and, in fact, VDOT actually dumped snow on the trail. Arlington has repaved this trail although it may be VDOT's jurisdiction. County staff will look at this stretch of trail with respect to snow removal.
Repaving: The life-cycle report for paving has been drafted. Only $50,000/yr is currently available for trail repaving. County staff are tracking details on the trail conditions and maintenance costs for various sections of the Custis Trail west of Lee Highway. Correcting problems on sections of this trail is still a matter of concern for the BAC. The BAC is hopeful that the approval of the bond issues will improve the situation.
Shirlington Connector Signage – The County should begin installation of the new signs this week. The flashing lights for crossing Shirlington Road have been installed. The day laborers use the signal extensively. This spring the County plans to make pedestrian improvements on Shirlington Road near the Weenie Beanie. The County is also making plans to replace the bridge on Shirlington Road in order to provide a wider sidewalk/trail. This is a major project and will likely take a number of years before it can be implemented.
New Route 110 Trail – There are still NPS issues to resolve. VDOT and NPS standards for trails are a problem. Also NPS wants an environmental assessment for an asphalt trail.
Bike/pedestrian Counting Program – New units have been placed on the W&OD Trial at Bon Air Park and near the border with Falls Church. The County has received three new units and two are working. County staff is working with the manufacturer in order to get the third unit working.