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Public Scoping (Dec '22 - Jan '23)

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposed plan and environmental assessment to improve the southern portion of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mount Vernon Trail. The project would improve safety and address maintenance needs along the parkway and the trail. Comments will be accepted through January 18th.

The road and trail improvements being considered would enhance the visitor experience for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Potential improvements to the road include the implementation of a road, crosswalks and intersection changes. Potential safety enhancements for the trail would include potential trail widening and intersection improvements

The project area includes the southern portion of the 15.2-mile parkway from Arlington Memorial Bridge to Mount Vernon. The project areas also include the majority of the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, which extends from Theodore Roosevelt Island and the intersection with the Custis Trail in Arlington to Mount Vernon. The portion of the parkway and trail under the jurisdiction of the City of Alexandria would not be part of this project.

How to get involved:

Engaging with you is a critical part of our preliminary engineering and planning process. Your feedback will be used to refine project designs and to support the analysis of any environmental impacts. Anyone interested in learning more about the project and providing input can participate in the following ways:

We will be hosting a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m., EST. using Go-To-Webinar.  The meeting will last approximately 1.5-hours and there will be an opportunity to submit questions. You do not need to pre-register for the meeting.

At the time of the meeting, click link to join on your computer or mobile device and enter the Webinar ID (Webinar ID: 314-024-315) and your email. If you do not have Go-To-Webinar, you will be prompted to install a small file to your computer or download the app on your mobile device. 

You can call into the meeting (no video) using the toll-free phone number and conference ID:

Call in number: (877) 309-2074

Phone Conference ID: 278-447-448

You can submit comments online here. See Documents open for comment on left side of the screen. Comments are requested by January 18, 2023. The public meeting recording will be posted at this site for you to review if you are not able to attend the live session.

Mail your written comments postmarked by January 18, 2023, to:
            Attn: GWMP South and MVT Plan/EA
            700 George Washington Mem Parkway
            McLean, VA 22101

** Please be aware that the entire comment submitted - including personal identifying information such as address, phone number, and email address - may be made publicly available. Requests to withhold such personal identifying information from public release will be considered, but there is no guarantee that they will be withheld.
Comment Period: Closed        Dec 6, 2022 - Jan 18, 2023
Document Content:
Public Scoping Notice   (348.8 KB, PDF file)
Mount Vernon Trail Corridor Study   (11.0 MB, PDF file)
Disclaimer: Links within the above document(s) were valid as of the date published.
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