Lynhaven Neighborhood Slow Zone Pilot Project
The purpose of this project is to create a “neighborhood slow zone” to encourage safer, more welcoming streets in the Lynhaven neighborhood.
Project Area Map
In 2017, the Alexandria City Council adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan to improve traffic safety citywide. Implementing neighborhood slow zones is one of the key action items from that plan.
Neighborhood slow zones are designated areas where slower speeds are encouraged, typically through a combination of lower speed limits, traffic calming measures, and gateway treatments.
The City is piloting its first neighborhood slow zone in the Lynhaven Neighborhood, where the community has shared concerns about speeding, failure to stop for people crossing the street, cut-through traffic, and truck traffic.
Planning & Issue Identification: Winter 2020-Spring 2021
Design: Spring 2022-Spring 2023
Construction: Summer 2023
Community Engagement: Ongoing
March 2023: Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing
At their March 27, 2023 Public Hearing, the Traffic & Parking Board approved the following staff-recommended changes to support the Lynhaven Neighborhood Slow Zone Pilot:
- Speed limit reduction from 25 MPH to 20 MPH on Montrose Avenue, Wesmond Drive, Evans Lane, Lynhaven Drive, and Wilson Avenue
- Removal of 7 on-street parking spaces to provide for new crosswalks in the neighborhood
Fall 2022: Community Feedback on 60% Design
The project reached the 60% design stage in November 2022:
After hearing community feedback on the 30% plans, the following notable changes were made:
- Speed cushions added on E Reed Ave
- Crosswalk added across E Reed Ave near Evans Ln
- Reduced parking impacts on Wilson Ave
- Proposed 15 MPH speed limit
Neighborhood residents are invited to provide feedback on the 60% design plans thru December 5, 2022. Comments may be emailed directly to Alexandria.Carroll@AlexandriaVA.gov.
Summer 2022: Community Feedback on Draft Design
The draft design plans were largely based on previous input from the community. In Summer 2022, the City held a community engagement period from July 1-17 to gather additional feedback on the draft design plans. More information about the community engagement period is available below:
In Person Meeting
Lynhaven Community Meeting
Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Chick Armstrong Recreation Center
The City mailed project flyers to Lynhaven residents and shared project information with the Lynhaven Civic Association. Residents were invited to review the 30% Design Plans and email feedback to Alexandria.Carroll@AlexandriaVA.gov by July 17, 2022.
Thank you for your participation!
Community Engagement Through 2022
The City has engaged with the community on a number of occasions to gather input and discuss concerns:
Status: In Progress
Construction began in Summer 2023. New and upgraded curb ramps have been installed, along with new crosswalks, painted curb extensions, and new speed limit/slow zone signs. The speed cushions and some pavement markings are still pending. Staff is coordinating with its contractors to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible. The City thanks the community for its patience while implementation is underway.
For more information about this project or to provide comments, please contact Alex Carroll, Project Manager, at Alexandria.Carroll@alexandriava.gov.