Seminary Road Complete Streets Project

Seminary Road is a key corridor in the City of Alexandria’s transportation network, and is scheduled for repaving in Fall of 2019. According to the Complete Streets Policy, T&ES Staff is encouraged to use repaving as an opportunity to consider and incorporate changes to enhance the safety and convenience of all users.

Page updated on Jun 14, 2019 at 1:24 PM

What's New

Staff is currently gathering comments and feedback on the Concept Alternative proposals for Seminary Road between N Howard Street and N Quaker Lane. The presentation and informational material are available online at the links below. The next opportunity for input will be June 24, 2019 at the Traffic and Parking Board meeting, see below for more details.


Public input, data, best practices, and City plans, policies, and goals have been reviewed and the Staff Recommendation is a hybrid of Alternatives 1 and 2 with modifications. 

Review the meeting presentation here.

Review the Staff Recommended Alternative Boards here:

Public Meeting on Seminary Road Complete Streets Project held:

Thursday, May 30, 2019
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Open House period; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Presentation and Q&A) 
St. Stephens & St. Agnes Upper School
1000 St. Stephens Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

A live stream of the meeting is available here:

Public Comment Form

The comment form is now closed for this phase of the project. Participants interested in providing more comments may attend the June 24th Meeting of the Traffic and Parking Board to hear the Staff Recommendation and provide comments to the board. 

A comment summary has been prepared and is available here : Comment Summary of Staff Recommendation

Phase 2 - Concept Alternatives

Three alternative options have been 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.  

For Frequently Asked Questions on this project and proposed design alternatives please CLICK HERE

Background Information: 

Summary sheets for concept alternatives

Alternative 3 proposes what is known as a Road Diet. Some benefits of a road diet are described in this Federal Highway Administration video

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. 

Comment Summary Document

Seminary Road Project

The Seminary Road Complete Streets project will work 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. 



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 will last approximately six months and follow 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: 


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.


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.

At the community meeting, staff will discuss the reduced study area, share the three design concepts, and ask for input on potential improvements to Seminary Road. All meeting materials have been posted above. An online feedback form was available through April 10, 2019 to collect additional community input for those who are not able to attend the meeting in person.

Phase 3 - Spring/Summer 2019 - Recommended Alternative

Public Meeting on Seminary Road Complete Streets Project held:

Thursday, May 30, 2019
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Open House period; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Presentation and Q&A) 
St. Stephens & St. Agnes Upper School
1000 St. Stephens Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

After reviewing public input as well as considering technical analysis and consistency with Council-approved priorities, staff have developed a recommended design alternative for Seminary Road between Howard Street and Quaker Lane. 

More key information about the May 30, 2019 meeting is below:

  • Staff will present the staff recommendation for a design alternative, additional traffic analysis conducted on the design, review the project development process, and gather additional input from the community on the staff recommendation. 
  • Meeting materials will be posted before the meeting, at the latest by noon on the day of the meeting to website for residents and other attendees to review the materials and come with questions to the meeting. 
  • The meeting will be live streamed on the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services Facebook page as an option for members of the public who wish to view the meeting but are unable to attend in person. Questions can be asked and answered through this format as well. 
  • As a reminder, no decisions will be made at this meeting and this meeting is not the final opportunity to give input on this project. 
  • Comments will be collected at the meeting and taken via an online survey that will be posted to the website after the meeting. 
  • The comment period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019. 

 If an alternative is recommended that substantially changes the roadway configuration, staff will present this to the Traffic and Parking Board at their June meeting.

September 2019- Repave the Roadway

After plans are finalized for the roadway, the road will be repaved in September and the plans will be implemented. 

Submit Your Comments

Staff are now collecting comments on the staff recommendation for Seminary Road. Submit your input here. You may also submit comments by emailing