Groundbreaking for Mason Neck Trail Rescheduled to March 25


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March 17, 2003

 

Groundbreaking for Mason Neck Trail Rescheduled to March 25

A groundbreaking ceremony for Mason Neck Trail will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the entrance of Historic Gunston Hall, 10707 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Originally scheduled for Feb. 19, the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Mason Neck Trail will be built in phases and the first part to be constructed will be located between the entrance to Mason Neck State Park at High Point Road and the southern portion of the Pohick Regional Park just beyond the entrance to Gunston Hall Plantation. The cost for this phase is $350,000. When completed, the trail will provide a continuous 6-mile long, 8-foot wide asphalt trail from Richmond Highway to the Great Marsh Trail near the peninsula of Mason Neck. The trail will be suitable for cyclists, walkers and runners. Its smooth surface will accommodate roller bladers, and equestrian riders will have access at some points. This trail will also connect to the National Heritage Trail along the East Coast stretching from Maine to Florida.

The new trail will improve safety and reduce the hazards to cyclists and motorists. The Mason Neck Trail will be aligned within a 15-foot easement paralleling the north side of Gunston Road. The trail will cross over to the south side of Gunston Road at a point approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Gunston Hall Plantation. This crossover point will be delineated with safety signage and pavement markings. Protective handrails will also be installed at several locations along the trail.

In the mid-1990s Johan de Leede, a Mason Neck resident, envisioned and made the long term commitment to making a bike trail along Gunston Road become a reality. He, along with Joe Chudzik and other Mason Neck activists, obtained the endorsements of more than thirty community associations. They garnered the support of the Transportation Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Mason Neck Citizens Association, the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association, the Trails Commission, the Planning Commission and ultimately the Board of Supervisors who adopted the plan.

For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony for Mason Neck Trail, call Randall Flowers, Planning and Design Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services at 703-324-5800, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay Center).

 

 

 

 


 

 

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