As noted in the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting notes from May, Alexandria is on the verge of realizing three important Complete Streets projects.
This project, last discussed here, will
- Remove one travel lane in each direction along North Van Dorn Street between Braddock Road and Menokin Drive
- Reduce the speed limits on North Van Dorn Street from 35mph to 25mph between Braddock Road and the southern most driveway to Park Place Condominiums.
- Restripe North Van Dorn to accommodate pedestrian refuge islands and protected bike lanes.
- Add a traffic signal at the intersection of North Van Dorn and Menokin Drive.
- Add Flex posts to the bike lanes next spring to provide a protected bike lane
This was approved in by the Traffic and Parking Board in May and work on the resurfacing was to begin last month. Update: And so it has. See image by William F. Yurasko below
This project, approved last week, will
- Remove an eastbound travel lane on King Street between Chinquapin Drive and Janney’s Lane and a westbound travel lane on King Street between Kenwood Avenue and Janney’s Lane. In it's place it will add 7 pedestrian refuge islands, an eastbound bike lane (buffered most of the way) and a west bound bike lane that becomes a shared lane on the far west side.
- Install “No Right Turn on Red” signs at southbound Kenwood Avenue at King Street
- Reduce the speed limit from 35mph to 25mph on King Street between Chinquapin Drive and Melrose Street
Roadway resurfacing will begin in August 2016, the striping and islands will be installed in conjunction with the repaving.
On East Glebe, between Commonwealth and Route 1, changes were approved in May that include
- The lanes will be narrowed
- An eastbound climbing lane will be installed between Commonwealth Ave. and Route 1
- A westbound bicycle lane will be installed between Wilson Ave. and Commonwealth Ave with a shared lane east of that.
- A bicycle box will be installed on southbound Commonwealth Ave at Glebe Road
On West Glebe, the lanes will be narrowed and shared lanes will be installed in the outside lanes from Commonwealth to Russel Roa.
Markings on East Glebe Road between Route 1 and Commonwealth Ave. were to be installed in June, the bicycle box this month and markings on West Glebe Road between Commonwealth Ave. and Russell Road to be installed next spring.
And a couple other items from the BPAC notes
- It was reported that Ryan Brown was riding on the sidewalk on South King Street before his crash at the intersection of Duke Street and West Taylor Run on May 5. The Alexandria Police are still investigating the crash.
- Jerry King (of BPAC) and Yon Lambert (Alexandria's Transportation Director) will go to a meeting with National Park Service Staff to discuss bike lanes on Memorial Bridge