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 the near future. 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 Jan 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM

What's New

A community meeting to share concepts for potential changes to improve Seminary Road for all users, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., has been postponed until a later date to be determined. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has recently notified the City that Transurban, the I-395 Express Lanes concessionaire, is proposing to evaluate the current use of the Seminary Road high-occupant vehicle-only (HOV) ramp and to consider potential operational changes at the ramp for express lane/high-occupancy toll (HOT) traffic. The City has posted a webpage with information and resources about this potential change.
Prior to this new information, staff had performed a traffic study which was used to develop concepts and materials in advance of the Seminary Road community meeting. Those materials are posted below. However, based on this new information, staff believes it is appropriate to postpone the community meeting until staff can fully evaluate any analysis or proposal by Transurban. Transurban has informed the City that it is beginning a traffic data collection effort in October to inform its proposed analysis. The City intends to closely monitor this effort so that it can actively participate in the process and data-gathering methodology. The City’s Seminary Road project team will also update the existing Seminary Road analysis once any new information becomes available. 
As soon as the Seminary Road project team can update its analysis, a new meeting time and location will be announced. 

Concept Alternatives

Background Information

Summary sheets for concept alternatives

Traffic forecast information:

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. 

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:

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, 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, 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.

FALL 2018 - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT on design options

City staff will update and bring the concept options back to the community as soon as more information is known about potential changes to the I-395 Express Lanes project. After that update, the process will involve many opportunities to provide feedback, both in person and online, before any recommendations are made.  If any of the recommendations propose significant changes to Seminary Road, a public hearing would then be held at a Traffic and Parking Board meeting.  

Seminary Road will likely be resurfaced in 2019. 

Submit Your Comments

Staff are now collecting comments from the community via the Complete Streets Feedback Form to supplement the comments received through other outreach efforts in the development of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, Vision Zero Program, the Central Alexandria Traffic Study, and discussions with this community and civic associations.  You may also submit comments by emailing