Fairfax County is building a new levee in the Huntington neighborhood to reduce flooding, and an added amenity of the project are 4800 feet of new 8-foot wide multi-use trail from the existing trails near Arlington Terrace and Hunting Creek Roads to Fenwick Drive and possibly beyond A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10am today, if you're interested.
Most of the way it will have two parallel trails, one on the levee and another in the ponding area. But on the ends they'll meet and connect with existing roads or trails.
This trail will probably get some use, mostly recreation I suspect, but how much transportation utility it has will depend on what that line trailing off to the west does. It seems to end at the Metro tracks, but if it could continue under them to Metroview Parkway, it could create a decent connection to the Huntington Metro Station. There's room beneath power lines to go all the way to Telegraph Road, where it could could connect to an existing bicycle sidepath to Eisenhower Avenue near the Eisenhower Avenue Metro. And then, if you want to get more ambitious, a trail could continue to follow the power lines from East Drive all the way to the Beltway. Or going totally crazy it could connect to a new bride parallel to the Metro Bridge over Cameron Run and create a more direct connection to the Eisenhower Metro.
Stormwater management is the primary purpose of this project so some aesthetics are being sacrificed. For example, the levee trail will have a 4' tall concrete-capped I-Wall on the Cameron Run side.
A rendering of the trails gives some idea of what they'll look like.
And another from on the trail, with the I-Wall
Work started in winter of this year and is to finish in Spring 2019, but that might have slipped a little.