The Vienna Town Council gave the go ahead on July 1st to submit a grant application for federal funding to improve the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail. The grant, which would require a 20% match from the Town, would secure up to $500,000, and would go towards constructing lighting, removing invasive species, and improving a number of crosswalks along the trail.
By applying for the grant money, the Town is attempting to follow through on many of the recommendations outlined in its 2017 Pedestrian Master Plan. Specifically, the plan mentions improving lighting along pedestrian trails, and lists the W&OD as the Town’s most prominent community/pedestrian destination.
Steeped in history, the W&OD trail runs along the old W&OD railroad line, which dates back to 1853. After the W&OD railroad closed in 1968, the Fairfax County Department of Highways purchased the land, eventually designating 45 miles of the railroad’s track as a public park. Today, the trail stretches from Alexandria to Purcelville, and 2 miles of its 45 miles runs through Vienna.
Applications for the federal grant are administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and are due by August 2nd.
Photo: W&OD trail and Maple Avenue
Courtesy: Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling