A bridge spanning the last gap on the Alexandria side of the Four Mile Run Trail has been put into place, but the trail remains impassable for pedestrians.
“The bridge installation does complete the restoration project in this portion of the park,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities. “The installation is complete and its opening is pending final inspections. We anticipate it being open in two weeks.”
The trail starting at Mount Vernon Avenue currently dead-ends at an unnamed tributary with no connection to the other half of the trail, which runs to Route 1 and connects with Arlington and the Mount Vernon Trail.
The bridge was installed on Sept. 11, but orange construction barriers prevent access to the bridge on both sides of the trail.
The span for 4MR wetlands trail bridge was delivered today (1 day ahead of schedule). Expect to see it craned into place around 2pm Monday.
If you would like to watch, please go to the pathway north of the ballfield off of Commonwealth Avenue, or to the Arlington side of 4MR pic.twitter.com/sAXOFTi9hS
— The Arlandrian (@Arlandrian) September 11, 2019
The bridge is the final piece of a restoration project for Four Mile Run that started in 2006. The wetlands park officially opened in 2016 but work has continued since then on naturalizing the stream bank.
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