Arlington County Board approved almost $250,000 in grant funding Feb. 12 to construct the half mile stretch along the highway that will connect the Pentagon and the Columbia Pike corridor to Memorial Bridge.
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The entire project is expected to cost more than $600,000, although when it will be up and running largely depends on the National Park Service. The land for the trail, which runs next to Route 110 from the Pentagon north parking lot to the Memorial Bridge, is almost all part of George Washington Memorial Parkway property maintained by the federal agency.
The county is about to start an environmental assessment for the project, and still has to secure permits from the Park Service for installation of the paved trail.
It should be no problem getting the permits from NPS. NPS loves cycling
Cycling is friendly to the environment in the parks and to the health of the rider. These qualities bring cycling in line with the goals of the National Park Service and help make bicycling a great way to visit the parks.
No one is sure yet, but work could begin as early as spring 2012.
In the meantime, Arlington has applied for another grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation to finance the rest of the project.