12th Street S. - Shared Streets Pilot Project



12th Street from South Glebe Road and South Walter Reed Drive in the Douglas Park neighborhood, just south of Columbia Pike.


About the Project

This section of roadway is one of the three Shared Street Pilot Projects being considered by the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program.

Project Goals

  • Improve safety and access of this neighborhood street
  • Consider which shared street design treatments would be suitable for the location

Project Background

This location was nominated for Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) funding consideration. It ranked highly on a scored list of nominated streets. The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) affirmed pursuance of a concept design and public engagement at their February 27, 2023, meeting. Learn more about the NCS process.

Existing Conditions

This section of roadway has a history of crashes, and is located near schools, commercial corridors and transit while lacking necessary sidewalk. Existing conditions include a portion of the 12th Street Bike boulevard and parking on both sides of the street.

Completing the existing sidewalk network is not feasible currently given the limited space in the right of way between South Glebe Road and South Highland Street.

Shared Streets

Shared Streets refers to a series of design treatments that enable people walking, biking, and driving to share the roadway.

Public Process

Winter 2022 - Project Selection


  • The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) selected this street from the list of ranked streets that had been nominated by community members.
  • It was approved for community feedback and  preliminary concept design by the NCSC on February 27, 2023

Fall 2023 - Existing Conditions


  • Learn more about shared streets and how potential projects were selected
  • Share your experiences of the street today using the online feedback form and interactive map

The project team will use your feedback, existing plan guidance and other information to develop a concept plan.

Engagement materials

Winter 2023 - Concept Design Engagement


  • Learn how community feedback helped inform the concept design and share feedback on the proposed design
  • Staff host a public meeting (virtual, in-person or via pop-ups) to discuss the concept designs for each corridor
  • An online feedback tool allows you to leave open-ended comments on the project concept and get your thoughts on how they will impact your experience while travelling the corridor

Input gathered will help evaluate and refine development of a final concept.


Spring 2024 - Final Design


  • Community-informed final designs will be shared with the public
  • The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission will consider these projects for recommendation to the County Board at their Funding Hearing

Spring 2024 - Implementation


  • Final plans are implemented and any impacts during construction are communicated
  • Staff conduct observations to ensure each corridor is functioning as intended


This pilot project has not yet been approved for funding. The Neighborhood Complete Streets program is funded through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).