The recent snows have made travel by bike and foot difficult and dangerous in many parts of the region. This morning I thought I would go see what the trail looks like between my house in Dominion Hills and the East Falls Church Metro station. Imagine my shock when I saw this:
This is on the W&OD/Custis Trail about 1/4 mile east of the East Falls Church Metro station. The retaining wall on the right is I-66 and the bridge ahead goes across 4-Mile Run. Evidently the state DOT dumped the snow from I-66 over the retaining wall onto the trail. I presume while they were up there on the highway, they just assumed that when it went over the side the snow would just disappear. Obviously they did not look over to see what was there. It's terrifying to imagine what would have happened if someone had actually been trying to travel on the trail at the time.
I can't imagine that Arlington County gave the state permission to dump their snow onto the trail. As it is, the County is having significant difficulty figuring out where to put its own snow--let alone having to clean up this, too.
Traveling on the trails has been hard enough (or impossible) lately without the "piling on" by the state. Here are a couple more photos (sorry for the poor quality; I took them with my phone). Click to enlarge.
Steve Offutt of Arlington does not own snowshoes