Eisenhower Avenue Transportation Study
The purpose of this project is to evaluate needs and opportunities for mobility, access, and safety improvements on the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) selected Eisenhower Ave between Van Dorn Street and Holland Ave in the City of Alexandria to be evaluated under the VDOT Project Pipeline Program. This program will include a study of the corridor to evaluate State and City needs to improve safety, mobility, and accessibility along Eisenhower Avenue.
The expected outcomes of the study are grant applications to fund identified improvements in the program. The project will keenly focus on issues such as the high crash rate between Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Ave Connector, poor connectivity and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists near Hensley Park, Holmes Run Trail, and Lake Cook, as well as addressing future demand concerns in the Eisenhower east section of the corridor. The State and City expect to complete this study by Summer 2024.
Eisenhower Avenue between South Van Dorn Street and Holland Lane is an east-west four-lane roadway that is located on the southern side of the city near I-495. The corridor has been a topic of discussion as part of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan and the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan. The corridor has many needs such as accessibility, travel demand management, and infrastructure accommodations for people walking and biking. Parts of the corridor also have critical safety needs identified by the City's Vision Zero Program and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Potential for Safety Improvements. The Alexandria Mobility Plan also calls for new and improved sidewalks and bicycle facilities on Eisenhower Avenue.
To address these many needs, Eisenhower Avenue was selected for the 2023 Virginia Project Pipeline Program to evaluate existing conditions, develop recommendations for transportation-related improvements, and help identify funding sources for future improvements.
Recommendations and plans resulting from this study will be largely unfunded, however, a goal of the Virginia Project Pipeline Program is to generate competitive grant applications for state and federal funding.
The Eisenhower Avenue Transportation Study is a yearlong effort that began in July 2023 and is expected to be completed by end of Summer 2024. The study includes three phases. Community engagement will be performed throughout the life of the project.
Phase 1: July 2023 to October 2023
- Existing Condition Review
- Preliminary Recommendations
Phase 2: November 2023 to March 2024
- Future Condition Evaluation
- Refine Recommendations
Phase 3: March 2024 to Summer 2024
- Final Recommendations
- Grant Application Development
Community Input Period (August 28-September 17, 2023)
The City solicited community input via an online feedback form between August 28 and September 17 to hear what residents think about transportation needs and issues on Eisenhower Avenue. Thank you for your comments!
Phase 1: Existing Condition Evaluation and Preliminary Recommendations
Coming soon! Stay tuned for updates in Fall 2023.
Visit the resources and related pages below to learn more:
Transportation Engineering Division
Department of Transportation & Environmental Services
City of Alexandria