N. Wakefield Street - Shared Streets Pilot Project



N. Wakefield Street from Wilson Boulevard to N. Carlin Springs Road in the Bluemont neighborhood.


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 high traffic volumes, located near commercial corridors, transit and Metro while lacking complete sidewalks.  Existing conditions include a mix of housing types, and parking on both sides of the street. 

Completing the existing sidewalk network is not feasible currently given the limited space within the right of way.

Shared Streets

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

Public Process

Fall 2023 - 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/Winter 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

Spring 2024 - 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.

Project Materials:

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

Summer 2024 - Funding Hearing


  • The final design will be presented at the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission funding hearing on June 10, 2024

Summer/Fall 2024 - Implementation


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


The estimated costs of this project are $20,000. The NCS program is funded through the County’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).