It's been 7 years since Phase I of the Washington Boulevard Trail started, and while it has seemed like construction on Phase II has been just around the corner for almost as long, this time it appears to be really true.
Phase I was to build a shared use path on the west side of Washington Boulevard from Arlington Boulevard to the edge of Towers Park, but it didn't extend that far and currently dead-ends just north of 2nd Street S. Phase II will continue that from the dead-end all the way to Columbia Pike, via S. Rolfe Street.
Phase II ran into some trouble when residents in Penrose became concerned by the number of trees to be cut down. Much of this is covered in Chris Slatt's GGW article on the project from last May.
Back then the project was to be put out to bid in the summer with work to wrap up next spring or summer. Now the timeline has construction bid and award to happen this year, with work to start next. Once completed it will eventually connect to the bikeways along Columbia Pike and the trail across the Army-Navy Country Club.
Speaking of Washington Boulevard, the county wants to add bike lanes along a one-mile section of the road in 2017 as well. This is much farther to the west, between Lee Highway and McKinley Road.
The plan does require removal of on-street parking spaces from approximately 17 of the 82 single-family homes along the corridor. (All of the affected homes have driveways and other on-street parking options nearby.) Staff will conduct outreach to the civic associations and affected residents this fall and winter.