A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail was held May 12, 2023. This project included the construction of a 6,400-foot long, 10-foot wide, shared use path and a pedestrian bridge over Dogue Creek. It also completes missing segments for the East Coast Greenway Trail, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the NoVA Loop Trail.
In accordance to the Countywide Trails Plan, Fairfax County Department of Transportation’s Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail Project completes missing segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail between Richmond Highway (Route 1) and Southwood Drive for a length of approximately two miles. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail provides a continuous facility for pedestrians and cyclists along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway from Route 1 to the Mount Vernon Estates.
The project constructed a 10 foot Shared Use Path within the missing segments, which includes a pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway bridge crossing Dogue Creek. In addition, this project improved pedestrian crossings by providing marked crosswalks and curb ramps approved by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and standards.
The project budget was $6.5M and funded locally.
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Construction Updates and Project Milestones
The land acquisition for the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail project was completed in June 2021 with utility relocation completed by December 2021. Utility relocations including gas, electric, and communication lines were necessary to accommodate the proposed trail. The construction of the trail project started in February 2022.
Please note: Fairfax Water began their water main replacement project, along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, in June 2021. The Fairfax Water project was a separate project from the trail construction. Please contact Fairfax Water directly for information and questions about this project.
The first public meeting for the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail project was held on March 14, 2018, at Mount Vernon High School.