||In January 1998, the Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF) and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) presented to the NPS-GWMP an unsolicited proposal, Extending the Mount Vernon Trail from Key Bridge to the American Legion Bridge (I-495) Options and Recommendations, which asked the NPS to conduct a feasibility study examining an extension of the Mount Vernon Trail from its terminus to Interstate 495 at the American Legion Bridge.
In response to the request by the VBF and WABA, the National Park Service (NPS) is directing this feasibility study. This study will determine technically feasible alternatives for extending the Mount Vernon Trail from its current terminus at Theodore Roosevelt Island to I-495, at the American Legion Bridge. The alternatives may include any combination of George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) lands, Arlington County lands, and Fairfax County lands. Proposing connections across the Potomac River into Maryland is not within the scope of this study.
Upon completion of this study, these alternatives will be analyzed for impacts to the natural and cultural resources by following the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requirements. This will also allow for public review and response to the proposed alternatives. The study will provide the basis for discussion with Arlington and Fairfax counties on the feasibility and desirability of developing alternative portions of the trail extension.