Staff is currently preparing the Traffic and Parking Board's recommendation for Seminary Road between N Howard Street and N Quaker Lane to be presented to City Council in September 2019. The informational material is available at the links below. The next opportunity for input will be in September before City Council, see below for more details on the process to date.
Alexandria Street Resurfacing Program
Within the next several weeks, the City of Alexandria, through its Public Works Services Division, will be conducting concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk maintenance on Seminary Road from (North Quaker Lane to Library Lane). This work is being done in advance of our street resurfacing program and is focused solely on ADA compliance, trip hazard mitigation, and drainage improvements and is unrelated to the Complete Streets considerations which are being presented to Council in September. Once the concrete work is completed, our Contractor will mill and repave Seminary Road.
Residents who may be directly affected will receive advance notice of curb, gutter and sidewalk maintenance by way of displayed construction project signs and/or door hangers.
The hours of operation are between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that there may be short term lane closures and parking restrictions on the streets. City staff will be on site managing the project, and at the end of each workday, roads will be fully open to traffic.
For additional information about the City of Alexandria street resurfacing program, please visit alexandriava.gov/PublicWorks You may direct questions or concerns to our Call.Click.Connect staff at 703.746.4357
TRAFFIC AND PARKING BOARD
The Traffic and Parking Board meeting docket item was posted at the link for the June 24, 2019 meeting.
The Traffic and Parking Board's recommendation to the T&ES Director was to maintain four vehicle travel lanes (two in each direction) and establish two HAWK (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon) Crossings. One at Gaillard/Chapel Hill Bus Stop pair and another to be determined between St. Stephen's Road and Ft. Williams Parkway.
The Director has waived the appeals process and the Traffic and Parking Board's recommendation will be presented directly to City Council in September.
Seminary Road Project
The Seminary Road Complete Streets project has worked with the community and stakeholders to determine roadway improvements for Seminary Road, from Quaker Lane to Kenmore Avenue, and at North Howard Street, where staff was awarded grant funding to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility. At the March 25, 2019 meeting, Staff showed that the project area was reduced to N Howard Street to N Quaker Lane.
Seminary Road was identified in the
Pedestrian and Bicycle Chapter of the
Transportation Master Plan for potential improvements to ensure the safety, mobility, and accessibility for all roadway users. Data analysis conducted through the
Vision Zero Action Plan also showed that Seminary Road was a corridor with a high number of KSI (killed or seriously injured) crashes.
Since the reduction of the speed limit on Seminary (from Quaker to Library Lanes) in 2016, data has shown that safety has improved. However, to sustain this benefit, the roadway design must reflect the posted speed limit as well as encourage and better accommodate people walking, biking, driving, and riding transit.
Project Goals and Objectives
The goals of the Seminary Road Complete Streets project are to:
- Improve safety and accessibility for all users
- Improve facilities for people who walk, bike, ride transit or drive cars
- Implement previously adopted plans, policies, and study recommendations
- Eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on the corridor
- Improve safety and accessibility for all roadway users by upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks
- Provide continuous, safe, and comfortable places for people to walk
- Introduce safer pedestrian crossings for residents, transit users, and all others walking the corridor
- Where excess roadway capacity exists, identify ways to meet the goals set forth in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, Vision Zero Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Environmental Action Plan, and the Central Alexandria Traffic Study
- Serve vehicle traffic with a roadway design that minimizes delay at intersections, and encourages speed limit compliance.
SCHEDULE AND PROCESS
The project has followed the process below:
Phase 1 - Spring/Summer 2018 - Information gathering and data analysis
- City staff will gather feedback from the community regarding their concerns with Seminary Road through:
- Complete Streets Repaving Feedback -- Click here
- Community Walkabout -- Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 12 p.m. (noon). Separate groups will meet at Seminary and N. Jordan, and at Seminary and N. Quaker. The two groups will walk along Seminary Road, stopping at intersections along the way, and meeting at St Stephens Road at approximately 12:45 p.m.
- Community open house meeting -- Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 5:30 - 7:30pm, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road. Brief presentation at 6 p.m. followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Posters that were displayed at this meeting are posted here (7MB pdf)
- Comment summary as a result of all outreach to date is available here:
Phase 2 - SUMMER 2018 - CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
City staff will continue to take the comments received and develop design concepts or a list of improvements to be further discussed with the community.
Phase 2 - SPRING 2019 - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ON ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS
Public Meeting on Seminary Road Complete Streets Project held on Monday, March 25, 2019
The Seminary Road project was postponed last fall due to an announcement from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regarding potential operational changes to the existing I-395 high-occupancy vehicle-only (HOV) exit ramp to Seminary Road. However, due to the poor pavement condition on Seminary Road, the project can no longer be delayed—Seminary Road is scheduled to be repaved in September 2019. While significant traffic impacts are not expected from operational changes to the exit ramp, staff will move forward with the primary goal of making improvements to Seminary Road between N. Quaker Lane and N. Howard St.
Three alternative options were developed after reviewing public comments and concerns from previous engagement efforts as well as those that have been a part of this project process. The three alternatives, as well as supporting background information, can be viewed below.
Listen to a narrated presentation on the project and design alternatives please CLICK HERE
The file will download and you can listen to the recording by opening the PowerPoint file, going to the slideshow tab, and selecting "start from beginning" or pressing the F5 key on your keyboard.
- Project Area and Proposed Bicycle Network
- Purpose, Objectives, Guiding Documents
- Project Timeline
- What we've heard so far
- Crashes, Speeds, and Volumes
- Why consider a "road diet"?
Summary sheets for concept alternatives
- Alternative 1
- Alternative 2
- Alternative 3
- Comparison of Alternatives with traffic delay information
- Improvements recommended west of N Howard
Multi-lane roads put crossing pedestrians at risk for an often-severe type of crash known as the Multiple Threat. This Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center video shows the causes of this crash risk.
The survey for this phase of the project is now closed.
Phase 2 Comment Summary
The public comment summary is available here with all comments noted in the Appendices.
Phase 3 - Spring/Summer 2019 - Staff Recommendation
After reviewing public input as well as considering technical analysis and consistency with Council-approved priorities, staff developed a recommended design alternative for Seminary Road between Howard Street and Quaker Lane. Staff Recommendation is a hybrid of Alternatives 1 and 2 with modifications.
Review the meeting presentation here.
Review the Staff Recommended Alternative Boards here:
- Concept overall
- Concept Detail 1 , Detail 2
- Comparison Scoring
- Traffic Data
- Results of PM2 Alternative Survey
The live stream of the meeting is available here: https://www.facebook.com/TESAlexandriaVA/
The comment form is now closed for this phase of the project. A comment summary has been prepared and is available below:
Comment Summary of Staff Recommendation
Summer 2019 - September 2019- Repave the Roadway
The staff recommendation was presented to the Traffic and Parking Board on June 24, 2019.
After plans are finalized for the roadway, the road will be repaved in September and the plans will be implemented.
Submit Your Comments
Staff will be presenting the Traffic and Parking Board's Recommendation at City Council's meeting on September 14th. Participants wanting to submit comments may do so at the Council meeting or prior in writing.
Contact the T&ES Project Manager: email@example.com