The working draft of the George Washington Memorial Parkway Pedestrian Road Safety Action Plan was recently released and as mentioned last week, will include several quick improvements to crosswalks in the Memorical Circle area starting next week, as well as others to follow later.
- pedestrian warning signs and arrow plaques at two locations near every crosswalk, route guidance signs, and in-pavement lane guidance, trail signs, road name signs etc..
- Install mini-skips to designate where passing is, and is not, allowed.
- Install Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) to increase driver awareness of a pedestrian at crosswalk #5.
- Install in-lane, or transverse rumble strips in advance of crosswalks 2, 4 and 5.
- Relocate the Crosswalk at crossing #3 and Begin and end the travel lane merging prior to the existing crosswalk location.
And in later work
- At Crosswalk #6, reduce the curb radii of the westbound lanes exiting the Arlington Memorial Bridge to assist in slowing (requires an EIS)
- Install pedestrian level lighting at crosswalks
- Install Raised Pavement Markers (RPM’s) to improve the visibility of roadway and lane alignments and merge/diverge areas, especially at twilight and at night.
- Share the Road signs
- More daytime speed enforcement
- Install raised pavement pedestrian crossings.
- Change the traffic circle rules so that traffic outside the circle yields to traffic within it (instead of now where the opposite is true)
The one project they've completed is the installation of vegetation to discourage use of the social trails. That, I predict, won't work.