Polk Avenue Sidewalk Safe Routes to School Project
Status: Completed August 2023
Construction began July 10, 2023 and was considered substantially complete by August 10. The City thanks the community for their input on this project and patience during construction.
Planning & Design
Status: Completed Spring 2023
Project Concept Plan - Revised
The draft concept plan has been revised in response to resident concerns about impacts to the adjacent park space. The revised plan reduces impact to trees (preserves the largest tree) and further reduces new impervious surface, with 82% of the sidewalk proposed to be built on existing pavement.
City Council Public Hearing, September 17, 2022
Following the July 25 Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing, a group of residents filed a petition to appeal the Traffic & Parking Board recommendation. At the September 17 City Council Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to uphold the Traffic & Parking Board's recommendation and deny the appeal.
Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing, July 25, 2022
On July 25, 2022, the Polk Avenue Sidewalk Project was presented at the monthly Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing. Final docket materials and meeting information are available on the Traffic & Parking Board webpage. The Board voted unanimously to remove 9 on-street parking spaces on the north side of Polk Avenue to allow for the installation of the sidewalk.
Community Meeting, July 13, 2022
On July 13, 2022, the City held a community meeting, hosted by the Brookville-Seminary Valley Civic Association (BSVCA), to provide information on the proposed project plans, answer questions, and gather feedback from residents. The meeting presentation is provided below:
Polk Avenue Sidewalk Community Presentation - July 13, 2022
Meeting Recording (Passcode 0#.0UywE)
Community Feedback Period, Spring 2022
*Update* The comment period was extended until Sunday, July 17.
Residents are invited to provide input on the project by Sunday, May 22. See the project flyer below for more details, and send comments to Alexandria.Carroll@AlexandriaVA.gov.
Polk Elementary Safe Routes to School Walk Audit, 2017
In 2017, the City worked with ACPS, APD, and parents to identify safety and access issues for students walking to Polk Elementary School. The report includes multiple recommendations for improving mobility, access, and safety for schoolchildren and their families.
The purpose of this project is to fill a sidewalk gap on Polk Avenue near Pelham Street. Currently, the existing sidewalk on Polk Avenue ends, forcing people to either walk in the street or cross Polk Avenue to continue along their route. Filling this sidewalk gap would provide a more continuous path for people walking to the park, to Polk Elementary, and to Hammond Middle School.
This project was recommended as part of a Safe Routes to School Walk Audit for Polk Elementary School. It also supports the adopted Alexandria Mobility Plan policy to provide a safe, connected sidewalk network.
For more information about this project, contact Alex Carroll, Complete Streets Program Manager, at Alexandria.Carroll@AlexandriaVA.gov.