The intersection of Lynn, Lee Highway and the Custis Trail long ago earned the nickname of "the Intersection of Doom" and, according to the recently released Draft Rosslyn Sector Plan, it could be a long time before it loses that title.
The Draft Plan, updated earlier this month, does include a fix for the intersection, primarily in the form of a Custis Trail underpass beneath Lynn Street, but the implementation of it is labeled as "LONG TERM" which the plan defines as "10 years or longer" before substantial work is anticipated to commence.
After releasing the Draft earlier this year and receiving comments from those who found the long timeline on this fix to be unacceptable, County Staff replied:
A potential underpass is a significant undertaking and will require study before implementation. In the near-term, the plan recommends at-grade improvements, such as curb and signal modifications, as feasible to enhance overall user safety.
At a recent County Transportation Commission meeting Staff expressed the opinion that it is appropriate to wait until after the Lynn Street Esplanade and Custis Trail Projects are completed in 2018 before beginning planning for an underpass or other long-term solution at the intersection.
At alternative solution is to reconfigure the exit ramp for the Key Bridge.