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More Paths Coming at Wilson Bridge

Although the second span of the Wilson Bridge opened to vehicle traffic in May, project managers say much work remains before the pedestrian/bike path across the span opens next spring.

It should be spectacular when it's done. The 12-foot wide path alongside the Capital Beltway's inner loop will have great views of the river, Washington, Alexandria and Prince George's County. The pathway will connect the Washington Street in Virginia deck to National Harbor on the Maryland side.

But that's not the only pedestrian-biker route still to come as part of the project:
-- A trail from Route 1 south of the Capital Beltway to the Washington Street deck is scheduled to open this fall.
-- A trail starting on the east side of Telegraph Road at Huntington Avenue and passing over the Beltway to connect with Eisenhower Avenue near Hoffman Center is scheduled to open in late 2009.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 23, 2008; 6:36 AM ET
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That's all well and good, but what about trails on the Maryland side, connecting northbound. It sounds like the only purpose of this pedestrian bridge is to provide recreational access to National Harbor. It will be virtually useless for commuting via bike from Virginia to DC.

Posted by: Alexandria | September 23, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that I'd want to ride a bike through that area of DC. Blue Plains smells bad enough when I drive past in my convertible with the top down. Going past on a bike would probably make me want to hurl.

Posted by: Rich | September 23, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if they could put some effort into connecting actual roads for actual people instead of spandex-wearing-circus-monkeys.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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