CJCA & Public Works Updates

A Case to Help Support Your CJCA

We’re hard-pressed to imagine better value for your money than the $20 dues each household is asked to contribute to the Cabin John Citizens Association.

Your contribution makes possible community events such as the Turkey Trot, Holiday Party, Spring Egg Hunt, and 4th of July Parade; neighborhood communication and information via The Village News, our website at cabinjohn.org, and the ongoing advocacy for safe streets, quiet skies, unspoiled parks and streams, and preserved and interpreted history.

Cabin John is a vibrant, congenial, connected place because so many people who call Cabin John home have decided that investing their time, talents, and resources in our community is worth it. We hope you feel this way, too.

In the next Village News we will share more information on how we can join together, get involved, and help support each other – and help support this special place.

Association Meeting Notes

The November 29, 2023, CJCA meeting featured an update from CJCA Outreach Coordinators Courtney Krutoy and Kathryn Levernz, who shared that we have a few areas without a block coordinator including Caraway Street, MacArthur Boulevard, and MacArthur Park Condominiums, among others. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of our block coordinators and/or have interest in becoming one, please email Courtney and Kathryn at CJCAcommunityoutreach@gmail.com. Plans are underway for a newcomers picnic on Saturday, April 21, 2024. Anyone who has moved to Cabin John since 2020 is especially welcome, as this will be the first newcomers event since the pandemic pause. Keep watch for more details in future issues. Gail Marcus led a discussion about her and her neighbors’ successful efforts to get the county to install crosswalks across Seven Locks Road.  One key to success is a focus on the highest priority locations–a crosswalk at every street is not possible.  In the coming months CJCA will compile a map of crosswalk locations that have already been  proposed so that all Cabin John residents can advocate for pedestrian safety and share thoughts on additional locations.

The January 2024 CJCA Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 24 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Clara Barton Neighborhood Recreation Center. Feel free to attend in person or virtually via meet.google.com/aqy-ndpm-hdm. We will have a representative from MDOT give an update on Beltway expansion, and have a discussion about plans for the CJCA website.

Public Works Corner

Washington Aqueduct Old Conduit Repairs Project – Many will have noticed construction offices have been set up just over the Union Arch Bridge in Glen Echo.  Washington Aqueduct crews began conducting repairs to deteriorated sections of the utility’s First Conduit, commonly referred to as the “Old Conduit,” located under MacArthur Boulevard beginning in late November 2023. Repair work takes place Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-5:30 pm, at various locations along the conduit, which may result in lane closures along MacArthur Boulevard.

Aqueduct staff conducted a visual inspection of the Old Conduit in March 2022 and determined that repairs and maintenance work were required to address compromises to the conduit’s structural integrity caused by violations of imposed vehicle weight restrictions on MacArthur Boulevard.

The Old Conduit is a 12-mile-long circular tube structure carrying water from the Potomac River near Great Falls to the Dalecarlia Reservoir, which serves as the primary source of drinking water for approximately one million people living, working, or visiting the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Virginia, and other areas in northern Virginia, including portions of Fairfax County.

Stabilize Dry Laid Stone Wall – “Log Wall” – at Mile Marker 11 on the C&O Towpath – There is quite a detour and much equipment along the canal in the Carderock region.  The National Park Service is stabilizing approximately 1,000 feet of historic dry laid stone wall along the canal at mile marker 11.  The wall was originally constructed between 1828 and 1831 and is often referred to as the “Log Wall” and is 35 feet high in some sections.

This portion of the canal was altered in the 1960s by the installation of the Potomac Interceptor Combined Sewer, which is operated and maintained by DCWATER. In 2015 and 2016 a series of sinkholes formed, necessitating the water in the canal to be lowered along a four-mile stretch, including upstream of the Log Wall to Widewater (mile 13.5) and downstream toward Washington, DC.

The project’s main goals include maintaining the “Towpath Continuity” of the 184.5-mile-long primary trail system in the park; restoring the flow of water within the canal prism; reducing risks to adjacent infrastructure; and performing stabilization (reduction of sediment load) of some limited reaches of the tributaries emptying into the canal within the project area.

By Heidi & Scott Lewis

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