Soon, three intersections along the far east end of W&OD Trail could become a lot safer. Arlington requested bids on work to provide safety improvements at the three intersections this winter and they expect to award those bids and begin construction as soon as this spring.
This project will provide safety improvements at three intersections along the W&OD Trail near South Four Mile Run Drive, including South George Mason Drive, the signalized entrance to Barcroft Sports Complex and South Oakland Street.
The improvements include high visibility crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, upgraded pedestrian signals at the signalized entrance to the Barcroft Park Sports Complex, curb and gutter realignment to reduce trail-crossing distance, improved trail alignment at the South Oakland Street crossing to better align trail crossing and reduce the running slope of trail, and lane reconfiguration at South George Mason Drive and the W&OD Trail crossing to reduce bike and pedestrian crossing distance.
30% Designs for the three intersections show what will change. At South George Mason, the crossing distance will be shorter and the sidewalk connections improved.
At S. Oakland the crossing distance will also be shortened, and the trail will be realigned to reduce the steepness of the climb up the hill (when heading east).
And at the Barcroft Sports Complex, there will be new sidewalks and curb ramps.
In another project in the area, Arlington is looking to expand the park on the strip of land between the W&OD Trail, Four Mile Run, Shirlington Blvd and Walter Reed Drive, with more space for sports facilities (including possibly a bike/skate park) and art as well as two new crossings of Four Mile Run. One of the three designs is shown below.
This alternative keeps a riparian trail along the north side of FMR, but alternative 1 does not.
The Four Mile Run Valley working group will be meeting tonight to discuss the designs and other issues.