Central Alexandria Traffic Study
In response to resident concerns about increased traffic and traffic diversion to neighborhoods in central Alexandria, City Council has directed to staff to conduct a comprehensive traffic study, which will examine traffic volumes, speeds, and traffic origins and destinations. The traffic study will specifically focus on Seminary Hill, Seminary Ridge, Clover College Park, and Taylor Run Civic Associations' areas.
Based on feedback received from the Task Force at the October 4 meeting, The City is currently working with our consultant on updates to the data collection presentation that was shown at the meeting, which can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Some additional data will be included for the Study area, several additional streets will be added to the “Additional Details” section at the end of the presentation, and a short narrative explanation will be provided for each slide.
Once the updated presentation file has been uploaded to the website, a date for the next Task Force meeting will be set. The next meeting will be scheduled to allow study area residents and neighborhood associations sufficient time to review the updates and changes to the presentation and provide any additional feedback or questions they may have. We are aiming to hold this meeting in early December.
At the next meeting, Task Force members will review the comments and questions that have been received by the City in response to the data collection presentation. The primary focus of this process will be to identify mitigations to address traffic diversion through, and safety within, the study area neighborhoods. Task Force members will work collectively to identify and prioritize the key locations and issues in the study area from the comments received. City staff will guide a group discussion about available mitigation options for the locations and issues that are identified by Task Force members. The mitigations discussed will be both short-term improvements that can be implemented as part of this Study process, and longer-term items that would need to be addressed in future efforts like the FY2019 Transportation Master Plan update and/or future budgets processes.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
THURSDAY, february 23, 2017
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Task Force Kick-off Meeting
In 2015, staff performed a small-scale traffic analysis for these neighborhoods, four community meetings were held, and, in October 2015, staff conducted a survey to gain feedback on potential mitigation measures. The survey, which received 575 responses, demonstrated little public support for access restrictions from West Taylor Run Parkway to Telegraph Road, and little public support for other access restrictions from Janneys Lane into the Clover College Park and Taylor Run neighborhoods, and as a result, these potential changes were put on hold. Public outreach and results of the survey are summarized through a December 7, 2015 presentation to the community (View here).
Despite lack of support for traffic mitigation measures, significant concerns from the community about traffic diversion remain, and the communities have requested that the City conduct a more comprehensively study to examine where the traffic is coming from and going to, and what neighborhood streets are being used to avoid congestion on arterial roadways.
In response to these requests, staff is working with the community on the requested comprehensive traffic study. This traffic study was outside of the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) work plan for fiscal year 2017, however, given the concerns raised about the need for data regarding traffic to provide future solutions, and safety concerns, staff is actively working on this effort per direction from Council.
Staff has requested that each civic association involved - Seminary Hill, Seminary Ridge, Clover College Park, and Taylor Run - provide two representatives to sit on a group to provide public input as the study is developed and conducted. Two members are requested from each civic association to provide equal representation from each association. After the City has collected data, the group will meet to review initial themes seen from the data as well as review any small-scale mitigation measures, such as signal changes, signs, enforcement, and give input on those measures. It is important to note that larger-scale infrastructure improvements would need to be considered through the City’s Transportation Master Plan, which is scheduled to be updated in fiscal year 2018.
The memorandum to City Council on the Central Alexandria Traffic Study can be found here.
For more information, please contact David Soares, Traffic Engineer IV, at email@example.com.