Another segment (2B) of the planned 5.5 mile Mason Neck Trail along Gunston Road has been completed. The newest stretch of the eight-foot wide shared-use path is 9,900 feet long. The asphalt path is designed for cyclists and pedestrians and provides a safe connection between Pohick Bay Regional Park and Pohick Bay Golf Course.
With the completion of this segment, the third of five, the Mason Neck Trail now connects the major areas of interest on the peninsula, including the previously mentioned golf course and park, Gunston Hall Plantation, Mason Neck State Park, and Meadowood Recreation Area. The ultimate goal is to extend the trail west to Route 1 and east to the Great Marsh Trail.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. Attendees will gather in the Meadowood Recreation Area’s Mustang Trailhead parking lot (10702 Harley Road, Lorton, VA) to hear brief remarks from Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck; Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Director James Patteson; Mason Neck Citizens Association President Hillary Clawson; and Sonya Breehey, vice president, board of directors, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling.
Mason Neck residents have championed construction of the trail for more than 20 years. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors continues to support the plan to connect the urban amenities of the Route 1 corridor to the recreational and historical attractions on Mason Neck. In 2014 the Board authorized $5 million toward funding the remaining two segments, and planning is underway.
In addition to the trail, handrails were installed along 570 feet, new storm sewer culverts were installed to provide drainage, and driveway entrances were improved. This $1.6 million project was funded with Virginia Department of Transportation Enhancement Funds and a contribution from Fairfax County. The county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services managed the project, and W.C. Spratt, Inc. was the contractor. Alpha Corporation provided support services and ECS, Ltd. provided geotechnical testing services.