Mt. Vernon Avenue Complete Streets

Page updated on Jun 28, 2019 at 3:22 PM

Project Background

Mount Vernon Avenue is the main street of the Arlandria and Del Ray neighborhoods, and is heavily used by pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles, and automobiles. The City is implementing this project to address recent traffic deaths and serious injuries along the Avenue, as well as safety and accessibility concerns raised by the community through the Arlandria Action Plan, Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Update, and subsequent discussions with neighborhood residents and businesses.


Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stops (Phase 2) - Construction starting Summer 2019 

The City of Alexandria has procured D&F Construction to construct the Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stops (Phase 2) of the Mt. Vernon Avenue Complete Streets project. Construction is anticipated to begin in July, and be completed by the fall. Construction hours will be from 7:00 am and 6:00 pm and work within the roadway is limited between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. While the street will remain open, the construction will have temporary impacts to some on-street parking, and require lane closures and pedestrian detours, and temporary relocation of transit stops. A public information meeting was held on June 26, 2019.  Following the transit stop construction, the roadway resurfacing (Phase 3) will begin. 

Update on Mt. Vernon Avenue Complete Streets, Street Maintenance and Utility Repairs Associated with Private Development (March 2019)

Beginning this spring, the City’s Department of Project Implementation intends to proceed with the capital project to improve pedestrian safety and consolidate/improve bus stops along Mt. Vernon Avenue. Construction should be completed within six to nine months.

These improvements must be completed prior to road resurfacing of Mt. Vernon Avenue between Leadbeater Street and E. Braddock Road. However, because the road requires immediate maintenance, the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) will install significant patches in the worst locations beginning this spring. The road condition deteriorated in part because of last year’s exceptional rainfall and therefore the immediate maintenance will include base work underneath the top layer of asphalt. This will ensure the final resurfacing is ultimately more durable. Patching will begin as soon as April and will be coordinated (to the extent possible) with the planned capital project and utility repairs. In the meantime, T&ES Public Works Services crews will also respond to and repair potholes as they are reported into the City’s Call.Click.Connect system.

Utility work required by several private developments has resulted in additional impacts to Mt. Vernon Avenue. The remaining utility repairs (including those at 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue) are anticipated to be complete by early summer.

Final road resurfacing and pedestrian access ramp improvements (not associated with the Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stops project) will be scheduled once all the other capital, utility and maintenance repairs are complete. Staff currently estimates this will occur no later than summer 2020.

The City will continue to provide updates on this project as these activities progress. 

Project Phasing

  • Phase 1, Short-Term Improvements (completed)
  • Phase 2, Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stops
  • Phase 3, Repaving and Safety Improvements

Project Considerations

  • Accessibility of sidewalks, crossings, curb ramps, and transit stops for pedestrians and people in wheelchairs
  • Safe and comfortable north-south connectivity for bicyclists
  • High utilization of parking along Mount Vernon Avenue and side streets
  • Business loading and deliveries
  • Volume and speed of traffic on both streets
  • Highly used transit corridor with Metrobus and DASH service
  • Limited sight-distances at intersections


Phase 1 - Short-Term Improvements (completed FALL 2017)

The City of Alexandria conducted a traffic study of intersections along the Mount Vernon Avenue corridor, between Braddock Road and Four Mile Run. The study:

  • Identified quick, low-cost improvements to improve traffic and pedestrian signal timing, signage, and sight-distances.
  • Identified improvements to be made as part of future resurfacing and re-striping of Mount Vernon Avenue (Phase 3).

Phase 1 documents

Mount Vernon Avenue traffic count maps

Phase 2 - Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stops (MID-2018 - LATE 2019)

The City of Alexandria conducted a Pedestrian Improvements to Transit Stop Study along the entire Mount Vernon Avenue corridor that provided recommendations to improve pedestrian access to transit. The goals of the study were to: 

  • Comply with federal mandate to upgrade all bus stops to current ADA compliant standards
  • Minimize parking loss & construction costs
  • Consolidate or relocate bus stops to improve bus travel time and encourage walking and active transportation

The Department of Project Implementation is managing the design and construction of the study's recommendations. Construction will begin in Summer 2019 and be completed by Fall 2019.  The final plan sets can be accessed here.  Improvements will include:

  • Consolidate bus stops to balance accessibility, pedestrian/driver safety and on-street parking.
  • Upgrade ramps and crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety along the corridor.
  • Ensure construction process minimally impacts residents, businesses, access to parking and planned events.
  • Construct bulbs similar to the existing bus bulbs at Mount Vernon Avenue and Kennedy Street (shown below)

   Mt vernon transit impr location map 1       Mt vernon transit impr location map 2                                                                 

    bus bulb2
Corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Kennedy Street. 

Phase 3 - Repaving and Safety Improvements (FALL 2019 or sooner)

The City of Alexandria is scheduled to resurface Mount Vernon Avenue corridor, between Braddock Road and Hume Avenue, following the Phase 2 transit improvements. In conjunction with resurfacing, recommendations from the traffic study (Phase 1) and Arlandria Action Plan (2002) will be implemented. Improvements may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Additional high visibility crosswalks
  • Shared lane markings
  • Bicycle wayfinding signage
  • Parking edgelines
  • Flexpost curb extensions at intersections

Project Contact

Please contact Christine Mayeur, Complete Streets Planner, at , if you have any questions or concerns about this project.