Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dr. Gridlock discusses Eisenhower Connector closure

As we noted back in June, VDOT planned to close the Eisenhower bike connection at Clermont Drive in early July. The WashCycle pointed out that Dr. Gridlock recently discussed some of the frustrations being encountered by cyclists who use the connector.

There are very few alternatives for cyclists in this area. Using Van Dorn St involves a long detour for cyclists riding north-south near Route 1 who use the connector to avoid Telegraph or Route 1. There are very few good Beltway crossings for bicyclists in this area and it's unacceptable that VDOT isn't doing more to provide temporary alternatives for those who use the Eisenhower connection. To complain, write to Bryan Johnson of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Clermont Connector to Eisenhower Ave closed July 6

We just learned that the Eisenhower Avenue Connector will be closed on July 6 through September. As part of the deck replacement work on the Beltway, the bicycle connection from Clermont Dr to Eisenhower Avenue will also be closed to cyclists. We are trying to find out more information about the closing and any proposed detours for cyclists. Read the Eisenhower Avenue Connector closure press release. See our blog entry about an earlier closing last September.

Last year we met with Woodrow Wilson Bridge staff to discuss the closing, originally planned for last year. We did not think the detour that was proposed for cyclists was adequate. It used a 4-foot sidewalk along Franconia Road that was overgrown with weeds and crossed many driveway entrances. There has been no discussion about the proposed detour since that time.

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