Arlington Makes it Easier for Pedestrians to Cross in Urban Corridors

Published on April 22, 2020

Arlington is making street crossing easier during coronavirus.

The County has implemented automatic pedestrian signal phases at all signalized intersections in its densely populated corridors. This is in response to low traffic volumes and to ensure pedestrians are able to safely move in and around our urban areaswithout having to press push buttons, a common high-touch surface.

At the designated intersections, the walk signal will come up without the press of a button with every red-to-green light cycle, meaning pedestrians will have to wait only between 1 and 2 minutes to cross. Of the County's 296 signalized intersections, 175 have had automated signal phases implemented in the following areas:

  • Rosslyn-Ballston

  • Columbia Pike

  • Crystal City and Pentagon City

  • Lee Highway

  • Shirlington Village

This measure is being put in place in response to COVID-19. The conversion was substantially completed early this week by the Department of Environmental Services.