Safer, Better Access for Pedestrians, Cyclists
Among the new transportation projects that are humming along in New Woodbridge are ones that make our community safer and easier to access by foot or bicycle. This increased “walkability” will help to reduce traffic congestion, improve home values, and offer new outdoor recreational opportunities. A prime example is the nascent New Woodbridge Loop, a 50-mile network of sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, and boardwalks that will enable pedestrians and cyclists to get from Belmont Bay to Potomac Shores along the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and Route 1.
This network invites residents and visitors to explore the area’s diverse cultural and recreational offerings by foot and bike. As the Woodbridge Loop nears completion, trail segments already wind through wetlands at Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges, beaches and hiking trails at Leesylvania State Park, marinas along the Potomac River and slices of history on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. It also links to national retailers and restaurants at developments such as Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center and Neabsco Commons, as well as connecting to other businesses along the Route 1 corridor.
Read about enhancements coming to Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail segments along the Loop, and download a trail map to navigate all that Woodbridge has to offer, taking in the scenery as you stroll, jog or roll through our dynamic community.
Sidewalks: The long-awaited Powell’s Creek Pedestrian Footbridge is complete! Recall, pedestrians pushing shopping carts and baby strollers had to enter Route 1 to get from one side of the creek to the other. The sidewalk and footbridge infrastructure significantly improves pedestrian safety and connects a sidewalk to nowhere over Powell’s Creek. Construction began on December 14, 2016 and has progressed over the past year with work on utilities and drainage completed last September.
A new 5-foot wide sidewalk will connect library users to shopping at Potomac Town Center, as the design phase is on-going between Potomac Library and Potomac Center Boulevard. Construction of this sidewalk will begin in May, 2018. The sidewalk will run on the south side of Opitz Boulevard between the I-95 overpass and Route 1. This project is expected to be completed in September, 2018.
Construction of a missing section of sidewalk on Horner Road is also scheduled to begin in December, 2017. This project will connect Forest Glen Road to Kilby Elementary School and improve the safety of school children who walk to school. Design for this section of sidewalk began in May and finished in October. The entire project is scheduled for completion in May of 2018.