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Sloppy use of terminology in the article makes some of the comments difficult to decicpher, but this does not seem to be a case of someone trying to push the Potomac Heritage Trail away from the Potomac.

Currently, the PHT is on Oxon Hill Road; and it will continue to be on Oxon Hill Road when the road is widened and bike lanes are built. Ms. Bick is arguing that the PHT should instead be a sidepath and the road not widened at all (she might be happy if PHT instead followed the Potomac because her main preference is to not widen the road at all).

Some of the people in the neighborhood have opposed widening the road to create bike lanes because they view the bike lanes as a Trojan Horse, which creates a roadway wide enough for two lanes in each direction, which is what they really want to stop. Conversely, if they believed that the bike lanes would slow the traffic on Oxon Hill Road, they would be all in favor of it.

Believing that county road agencies live to widen the asphalt footprint, they accepted the bike lanes as better than 2 more general travel lanes.

Thanks for the context Jim.

Oxon Hill Road is a mess. Simply repaving it would be a massive improvement but this sounds great to me.

This sounds very useful. But, why does it start "south of National Harbor?" The most dangerous part of the road is the winding hills from national harbor bike trail to the south end of national harbor. There are also no through street that allow you to avoid that stretch.

The section of Oxon Hill Road that will be rebuilt with bike lanes, sidewalks and traffic calming is 1.5 miles from HarborView Avenue (the southern-most entrance to National Harbor from Oxon Hill Road) to Fort Foote Elementary School south of Fort Foote Road North. This includes the dangerous part of the road David that refers to.

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