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Monday, May 16, 2016

Trail project planned for McWhorter Place

McWhorter Place.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is planning to construct a trail on McWhorter Place in Annandale.

There will be a community meeting on the project May 25 in the cafeteria of Annandale High School. The agenda includes an open house with a display of proposed improvements at 7 p.m. and a presentation at 7:30 with time for questions and answers. 

The McWhorter Place trail is part of FCDOT’s six-year bike and pedestrian program. The $200,000 project involves two segments: a six-foot wide and approximately 65-foot long asphalt walkway connection between the eastern and western cul-de-sacs on McWhorter Place and a five-foot wide and approximately 60-foot long concrete sidewalk to close the existing missing sidewalk link along the western McWhorter Place cul-de-sac.

The project design is expected to be completed in July 2017, and construction should be finished in May 2018.

14 comments:

  1. this is idiotic, John Marr, ravensworth Rd, jayhawk are all nothing more than unimproved secondary roads at this point, yet there will be a quarter million dollar project to create a trail that isn't needed and would be in better shape than our daily used roads.

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    1. Just because you don't use it doesn't mean that it's not going to be used. I use this cut through often when walking to the grocery store nearby. Perhaps you don't know about it because you don't ever walk or bike to get places in your neighborhood?

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    2. @ 439, Are you implying the money should be spent repaving? Aren't those roads being repaved anyway?

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  2. Anon 439, you're obviously not a progressive. If you were you'd realize that this project will be invaluable when they build the huge apartment complex on Markham. Certainly, the new upwardly mobile residents will want to be able to bike to work and walk their dogs on the weekends.
    (Sorry for the sarcasm, but you KNOW that's what Penny pushers will say!)

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    1. Amen. Those poor people who live around Markham will pay dearly for getting a little trail that links the eastern and western cul de sacs. Once the developers smell how much open space there is around there, they will swoop in. Especially since there will be that monstrous apartment building built across the street near the bowling alley. That apartment building will have one little restaurant, and there you have it--revitalization--Mason District style. Whoopee.

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  3. BTW whatever happened to that project on Markham? Did the developers find out they can't make a bloody fortune on that property?

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  4. What's idiotic is having people walk (or worse, drive) around an entire neighborhood as a result of 1960s & 1970s era cul-de-sac neighborhood designs which cut off pedestrian access from one street to another.

    This area is already acts as a corridor / path as a result of crumbled asphalt and piled up road debris. The path will be welcomed improvement.

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  5. What ever happened to the bowling alley project?

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  6. Some people will point out that this is a waste of money, but others will complain that the site is just another example of mis-managed, overgrown land that no one cares about and say it's a disgrace to leave it as-is/that it got this way in the first place. Someone will blame it on Penny, someone will say it's the fault of [insert minority of choice here], and someone will blame it on "the system."

    There's your belly-aching in less than 100 words. You're welcome. Now, please go do something more purposeful; I sure will.

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  7. I am very happy to see the county is doing this but I do not understand a $200,000 price tag. Where do they get these prices? Government Waste. Is the company doing this project for $200,000 one of Penny's supporters?

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    1. I believe a portion of the cost is due to the fact that this area has a terrible drainage problem. It's not really a "trail" project, but a stormwater runoff project + pedestrian connection. The current state of that cul-de-sac is pretty bad, with stormwater dumping huge amounts of gravel.

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    2. I can find all sorts of companies that will do it for less than $100,000. This is why we have money issues in the County.

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