King Street Complete Streets

Page updated on Jan 11, 2017 at 4:33 PM

What's New?

Construction of the approved King Street Complete Street Project is complete. An evaluation of the corridor will be conducted in Spring 2017 and provided to the City's Traffic & Parking Board. The evaluation report will include a comparison of traffic volume, speeds and queues with pre-construction data and the results of the project's traffic study.

Project Background

The portion of King Street between Janneys Lane and Radford Street was resurfaced in August 2016.  As part of that project, the street was evaluated for multimodal improvements.  The City  hosted three public meetings to solicit feedback from the community about this corridor.  The City asked for input on this roadway to get a better understanding of what types of improvements the community would like to see. During and since the first public meeting in November 2015, the community provided the following feedback that staff attempted to address with the new street design options:

  • Difficult to cross King Street
  • Pedestrian safety concerns near school
  • Vehicle speeds along King Street are high
  • Street crossings are long
  • Not enough time to cross at lights
  • Unsafe for people who bike
  • Difficult to access bus stops
  • Improvements needed at intersections
  • Maintain travel time for drivers
  • Need to change character of the roadway

At the second public meeting on February 11, 2016 staff presented three design options for this corridor between Janneys Lane and Radford Street and gathered public input on proposed design options .  Click on each option below to get more detailed information regarding design elements and considerations.  

A third public meeting was held for the project on April 21, 2016.  At this meeting, staff proposed moving forward with the development of Complete Streets Design Option 3.   This option provides the greatest safety benefits to all users of this roadway, and it had the most community support.  Please view the Full Presentation to see the results of the voting exercise on slide 41 or if you were unable to attend this meeting.  

To view the full results from the Alex Engage survey, please click here.  Regarding the last question:  "Which Option to do you prefer?" the results were as follows:

  • Option 1: 21%
  • Option 2: 9%
  • Option 3: 66%
  • None of the above: 4%

A public hearing on the King Street Complete project was held on Monday, June 27, at the Traffic and Parking Board meeting.   The Board voted 4-3 to approve the project, reduce the speed limit to 25 mph and required staff to provide an evaluation of the project to determine if traffic patterns are consistent with the traffic analysis. The speed limit has been reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph between Janneys Lane and Quincy Street as approved by the City Manager.  A project flyer can be viewed here

Project Goals

  • Improve the safety and convenience for all street users
  • Provide facilities for people who walk, bike, ride transit or drive cars
  • Implement City Council adopted plans and policies

Complete Streets Corridor Improvements

King - option 3c

Public Outreach

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will removing a lane in the eastbound direction back up traffic more at the intersection of Janneys Lane?  No, the right turn lane and through lane would remain as they are.  The eastbound lane removal would end prior to Janneys Lane.
  • It seems like there is so much traffic volume on this portion of King Street that traffic will back-up if a lane is eliminated in each direction.  How will removing lanes not create more congestion?  The volumes on King Street are appropriate for one travel lane in each direction.  By providing left turn lanes, the turning vehicles are out of the way of vehicles traveling straight and there is little impact on the travel time across the corridor.    With Options 2 or 3, there could be a slight increase in travel time for people traveling from Janneys Lane to Radford Street in the peak hours but less than 30 seconds in the worst case scenario.  View the Traffic Study HERE.
  • How will the bus operate if a bike lane is present?   The bus will pull to the curb and into the bike lane where there are bus stops.
  • My concern is excessive vehicle speeds. How will each of the options impact vehicle speeds? Vehicle speeds are a function of lane width and character of the roadway. Option 2 and 3 both provide narrower lanes compared to Option 1. Option 3 also provides a more complete change to the character of the roadway and hence will be more effective than other options at achieving safe vehicle speeds.
  • There is a long stretch of roadway between Chinquapin Road and Janney Lane where vehicles speed. Can a traffic light be installed to interrupt this long stretch, e.g. at Scroggins Lane? Could a light activated by vehicles in Scroggins be installed to make it safer for vehicles to enter King Street from Scroggins Rd? There is insufficient traffic volume at intersections between Chinquapin Drive and Janneys Lane to warrant traffic lights.  Both Options 2 and 3 will improve safety at the intersections by providing designated left turn lanes for drivers as well as pedestrian islands and high visibility crosswalks for pedestrians.
  • With a single lane of traffic in each direction as proposed in Option 3, it seem like there will be fewer gaps in traffic. Won’t it be harder to exit from intersections like Melrose or from driveways on King Street? Entering King Street from intersections and driveways will be easier and safer with Option 3, since traffic speeds will be slower, there is only one lane to cross (e.g. turn west from Melrose Street), and there is a turn lane to turn into rather than a travel lane.
  • What will be done about motorists who use the right turn lane at Janneys Lane to speed past slower vehicles on their left to get through the light at Janneys Lane? Option 3 eliminated on of two east bound travel lanes at Chinquapin Drive, eliminating the right lane until just west of Janneys Lane.  The right turn lane will be designed to accommodate right turns onto Janneys Lane so as to not back up traffic at that intersection, but removing the right lane for a section east of Melrose will reduce the number of vehicles using the right lane to pass through traffic.
  • Could the speed limit be changed to 25 mph in this entire stretch of King St?  If requested by the community, this is something that could be considered with Option 2 or 3.
  • Who should I contact for more information? Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator, raymond.hayhurst@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4160




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