Clarendon Boulevard Resurfacing Project for Complete Streets


Clarendon Boulevard between N Rhodes Street and N Oak Street, Arlington, VA 22209  View Map

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Clarendon Boulevard (N Rhodes St to N Oak St) – Resurfacing Project for Complete Streets

Staff reviewed the annual list of projects up for routine maintenance and identified a subset of streets for potential projects. Community feedback about current experiences with the street segment, along with other available data, such as plan guidance and crash data, helped inform the development of a concept design. Community feedback on the concept design helped refine the final concept, which was implemented in July 2020.

About the Project

Complete Streets “enable safe access by all user groups including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and motorists of all ages and abilities.” One of the ways Arlington County delivers on the Master Transportation Plan’s Complete Streets policy is to review the annual list of streets up for routine maintenance and identify those that might benefit from improvements to provide safe access for all people using the street.

Short-term improvements to this section of Clarendon Boulevard are being considered as one of the three Resurfacing Projects for Complete Streets in 2020, along with Wilson Boulevard and Potomac Avenue.

Overall Goal
  • Improve access and safety for people walking, taking transit, biking and driving
Project Guidance
  • Complete Streets Policy
  • Master Transportation Plan:
    • Clarendon Boulevard considered a primary bicycling corridor
    • Recommended on street facility; upgrade existing bike lanes to provide additional separation between people biking and people driving (3-19)
What we know about existing conditions

This section is a classified as principal arterial. Clarendon Boulevard is a one way paired with Wilson Boulevard and consists of two travel lanes, standard parking both sides and standard bike lane.

  • Posted Speed Limit: 25 mph
  • Motor vehicle traffic: 11,000 vehicles per day
  • Two bicycle crashes have occurred in this section since 2016 as well as two pedestrian related crashes
What we heard from the community about this street segment

At our first community touch point in April 2020, we asked community members to share there experiences of the existing street. These experiences helped staff develop a design concept. More information about feedback received is available under the “Public Process” heading below.

  • Concern for visibility at crosswalks (N Rhodes St and Oak St)
  • Desire for additional separation between people biking and driving
  • Issues understanding right of way at 17th St N merge

Public Process

Final Plan Informed by Your Feedback - July 2020

In April, we asked you to share your location-specific issues and concerns about the street segment today. Those comments, along with other available data, such as plan guidance and crash data, helped staff create a concept design.

In June, we shared the concept design informed by your comments and asked for additional location-specific feedback. We also asked you to help us evaluate the concept design based on the project goals of increasing safety and access for all road users. This second round of feedback helped us refine the development of the final concept shared here.

July 13 2020 update: At the southwest corner of Clarendon Boulevard and Queen Street, a small adjustment was made to improve sight distance for those on the side street. To facilitate this, parking was pulled back to allow people driving, walking and biking to see each other more clearly.

Final Concept Summary

Final Concept Design

Online Open House #2 - June 2020

Arlington County staff hosted a second online open house on the three 2020 Resurfacing Projects for Complete Streets in early June. Staff shared what community feedback was heard in after the first meeting and presented concept plans utilizing that feedback.

If you were unable to attend the online open house, the meeting presentation, a recording and the concept design are available.

Review Meeting Materials

Concept Design

Online Feedback

Community members were able to share feedback online on the concept plans in June.

Online Open House #1 - April 2020

Arlington County staff hosted an online open house on the three 2020 Resurfacing Projects for Complete Streets in early April. Staff shared background information on potential projects and invited community members to share their experiences of the street to help staff develop concept plans.

If you were unable to attend the online open house, the meeting materials and a recording are available.

Meeting Materials

Online Feedback

Experiences of the streets, along with existing plan guidance and other data, will help staff develop concept designs unique to the conditions at each location. Feedback was collected in mid April.