Cora Kelly Safe Routes to School

Page updated on Apr 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

What's New?

Construction was complete in November, 2014.  Due to utility issues, the curb extension on the southeast corner was not able to be reconstructed.  Instead, the City replaced the asphalt pathway to the school with a new concrete sidewalk.   Additionally, six new bicycle parking racks were installed at Cora Kelly Elementary to provide parking for twelve bikes, and three new bicycle racks were provided along Commonwealth Avenue.  The status of implementation was presented to the community on November 17, 2014 at the Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group meeting.

Intersection Safety Project at Commonwealth Avenue & Reed Avenue

The intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Reed Avenue was identified for pedestrian safety improvements as part of the City’s Safe Routes to School initiatives. Safe Routes to School is a national, federally grant funded effort to examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. Safe Routes to School initiatives are coordinated through the City’s Complete Streets Program, and involves designing streets and sidewalks to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in the vicinity of schools. On July 28, 2014 staff presented the project to the Traffic and Parking Board to get approval to remove one parking space along Reed Avenue in order to provide an ADA compliant bus stop.

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Project Components

The intersection currently has:

  • Long crossing distances for pedestrians
  • Wide angles which allow for faster turning movements

The proposed plan would improve pedestrian safety by:

  • Reduce crossing distances
  • Normalize the intersection design
  • Reduce angles to create slower turning movements 

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Public Outreach

If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact the City’s Complete Streets Coordinator: Hillary Poole - 703.746.4017 -