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.
Central Alexandria Traffic Study: Follow-up Community Meeting
On Monday, February 4, 2019, the City of Alexandria hosted a community meeting to share information about the progress made on recommendations that came from the Central Alexandria Traffic Study. Staff from the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services will discuss the evaluation of pilot turn restrictions, confirm comments and seek any additional input for the Duke Street and West Taylor Run Intersection Project, and go over the Smart Mobility program as part of the long-term recommendations of the Study. See the Presentation here.
Residents from four neighborhoods in Central Alexandria were represented on a task force that met between 2016 and 2018 to discuss strategies to mitigate increased traffic, speeding and safety concerns in their neighborhood. In May 2018, the City Manager released a memo to City Council outlining the short- and long-term recommendations of the Central Alexandria Traffic Study. The recommendations are based on feedback from the Task Force. The short-term recommendations included afternoon turn restrictions on certain streets, traffic calming measures and pedestrian safety upgrades. The proposed turn restrictions were presented to and approved by the Traffic and Parking Board at a public hearing on May 21, 2018.
The long-term recommendations included initiating a Complete Streets redesign of the intersection at Duke Street and West Taylor Run Parkway. The recommendations also included advancing several projects that have been recommended in the study area through previous planning efforts and longer-term policy recommendations for Council consideration.
MONDAY, FEBRUary 4, 2019
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
Thursday, february 22, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
friday, December 22, 2017
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.