Not as far reaching as is needed, but good ideas nonetheless.
The plan extends the curbs at the intersection to narrow the distance cyclists must cross. It also makes the turn sharper, which slows cars down. It also expands the trail leading up to the intersection, which gives bikes more space to wait, and lowers the buffer alongside it for better visibility.
The plan also includes updates to the lights and signs at the intersection.
Construction is supposed to begin in the spring of 2015 and end a year later.
Officials say that it’s hard to do more because the county only has control over the local roads; the Virginia Department of Transportation and U.S. Park Service must be involved in any more dramatic changes, such as rerouting the trail altogether.
The trail expansion was agreed to in concert with VDOT. “It’s highly unusual for the state to commit in writing to a reduction of a state route,” Dennis Leach, Arlington’s assistant director of transportation and environmental services, said at the meeting.
And in the same area, the County agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.4 million to buy the parcel of land just north of the Mt.Vernon Trail to the east of the intersection of doom.
The goal is to provide park space in the near term, protect views from Rosslyn to the river, and possibly use the site in the future for an "ancillary boathouse" or a realigned Mt. Vernon Trail, or both.
"It is a piece that has significant potential value to this county and the community as open space along the existing trail and with the potential as an upper portion of a two-part boathouse to allow for non-motorized boats to access the Potomac, something we have long sought,"