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Bikers: Bumpy ride on the Crescent Trail

Who's responsible: Montgomery County Department of Transportation Highway Services Division
Number of votes for this fix: 6

A section of the Capital Crescent Trail's Georgetown Branch, east of Bethesda Row, was left rough and bumpy after a new spillway was added. Specifically, where the trail runs underneath and behind the Air Rights Building at 4550 Montgomery Road, the paved path switches to a large-rock gravel for a few hundred yards.

That's not the kind of surface most Crescent Trail bikers want, especially those who have thin tires that can easily skid on gravel. Plus, Esther Bowring, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County, said that after moderate and heavy rains some of the gravel gets washed out. When that happens, the county just adds more gravel.

Bowring said no permanent changes will be made in that portion of the trail because it is proposed as a part of the route for the Purple Line. That project is, at best, years from being built.

A griper suggests a compromise: using smaller gravel so that bicyclists would have a smoother ride. Bowring passed on the suggestion and the county agreed to use a smaller stone as a top coat. We like the accommodating response and look forward to moving this gripe into the "They Fixed It!" category when the county makes the change. Please let us know when they do.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  June 22, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Unfixed  
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