Quick-Build Safety Improvement Projects

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About Quick-Build Safety Projects

Arlington County’s Vision Zero transportation safety program provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. These small-scale safety improvement projects are a part of the greater Vision Zero program effort. They include any safety projects identified through programmatic analysis or community reports and are funded under either general funds or the Vision Zero safety program.

Location

County-wide: DES is implementing small-scale safety improvements throughout Arlington at locations identified either through (1) data analysis, including reviews of crash or behavior data, or (2) reports from the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington Public Schools, or members of the community.

Funding

Some projects are small enough in scale to be funded through the general operating fund. Others are funded through the Vision Zero program under the Arlington County Capital Improvement Plan and are funded by a mix of state and local sources.

Analysis 

DES identifies small-scale safety projects through analysis on both on an annual and ongoing basis: 

  • Annual Crash Analysis: Staff conduct a comprehensive annual analysis each year, which includes a review of the previous year’s crash patterns, as well as longer term crash trends and patterns. This includes a systemic review of common factors in severe/fatal crashes to identify high risk circumstances and roadway characteristics and (2) a “Hot Spot” analysis that identifies individual intersections or locations that experience high numbers of crashes. Following the annual crash analysis, staff identify and implement mitigation efforts to address the patterns and hot spots found through the crash analysis. For more information on annual crash analysis, click here.  
  • Community-Reported Crash Analysis: Ad-hoc crash analysis is prompted by safety-related reports from County staff, our partners, or community members. These ad-hoc analyses focus on identifying specific needs or conditions related to a site.
  • High-Injury Network Corridor Safety Audits: Arlington's High-Injury Network (HIN) includes corridors that have recently experienced concentrations of critical crashes. Arlington’s High Injury Network represents just 7% of over 555 miles of roadway in the County, but these corridors saw 78% of all serious or fatal crashes in 2017-2019. Staff are prioritizing audits on corridors where there are upcoming/ongoing projects (to assist in coordination on safety features in these projects) and on corridors adjacent to areas identified by equity data (income + race).These audits identify quick-build projects that we can implement in short order to improve safety.

Construction 

Construction or implementation of these small-scale safety improvement projects will occur on a rolling basis throughout the year by County staff or contractors.

Below, you will find a list of the Quick-Build Safety projects currently in development and those previously completed through this program. 

Current Quick-Build Safety Projects 

Clarendon Blvd & N Danville St

  • Project Description:  The project will deliver curb extensions at the northwest corner of Clarendon Blvd & N Danville St and upgrade the pedestrian ramps to meet ADA standards. These changes will reduce crossing distances for people walking, visually and physically narrow the intersection, slow vehicle turning speeds, and increase user visibility for people walking, biking, and driving. Click to view the plan.(PDF, 1MB)
  • Safety Need: Identified through a community report and is located on the High-Injury Network
  • Status / Timeline: Estimated Fall 2022
  • Additional Notes: NA

N Rolfe St & 14th St N

  • Project Description: The project will improve the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection of N Rolfe St & 14th St N by implementing curb extensions and updating roadway markings and signage.  These changes will reduce crossing distances for people walking, encourage safer vehicle speeds, and increase user visibility for people walking, biking, and driving. Click to view the plan.(PDF, 1MB)
  • Safety Need: Identified through coordination with APS
  • Status / Timeline: Estimated Fall 2022
  • Additional Notes: NA

    N Ohio St & 18th St N (Build Out)

    • Project Description: This project builds out the marked curb extensions at the recently installed midblock crossing over North Ohio Street between the existing crossings at Washington Boulevard and at 14th Street North. This crosswalk provides access to Cardinal Elementary School and Swanson Middle School, both areas of high pedestrian activity. Click to view the plan.(PDF, 429KB)
    • Safety Need: This project was identified by Arlington Public Schools.
    • Status / Timeline: Estimated Fall 2022
    • Additional Notes: NA

    N Rhodes St & Wilson Blvd Floating Bus Stop   

    • Project Description: A floating bus stop serving WMATA Route 4B & 38B and ART Route 45 at N Rhodes St & Wilson Blvd. The floating bus stop design provides (1) a dedicated waiting and boarding area for passengers and (2) continuous separation for the protected bike lane on Wilson Blvd. People using the bus stop will cross the bike lane and board the bus from the elevated bus platform. This new configuration allows buses to remain in the travel lane while picking up/dropping off passengers, which enhances bus travel time and reduces merging. The project also involves raising the bike lane to a similar elevation as the floating bus stop platform.
    • Safety Need:  There is a protected bike lane along this portion of westbound Wilson Blvd. When it was first built in 2018, the bus stop interrupted the protected bike lane, so bicyclists and buses needed to carefully merge to allow for safe loading and unloading. The purpose of the floating bus stop is to improve safety for people using the bike lanes and streamline transit service operations. 
    • Status / Timeline: TBD
    • Additional Notes: Learn more about floating bus stops how to use them here.

      Wilson Blvd Mid-block Crossing in Rosslyn 

      • Project Description: The project creates a new pedestrian crossing by adding curb extensions, installing a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon (RRFB), and installing roadway markings and signage. The curb extension reduces the distance for people walking, encourages safer vehicle speeds, and increases user visibility for people walking, biking and driving. The project will retain the existing bike rack and number of travel lanes.
      • Safety Need: This project was identified through safety concerns raised by County staff after the completion of construction in West Rosslyn.   
      • Status / Timeline: Fall 2021 crosswalk removal complete; Fall/Winter 2022 for new crosswalk installation 
      • Additional Notes: During construction in the West Rosslyn Area, a developer installed a temporary mid-block crossing between N Oak St and N Pierce St. This crosswalk was in place for about two years to allow people to safely cross Wilson Blvd while the walking path on the north side of the block was closed for construction. Once construction was complete and a new fire station traffic signal was in operation immediately west of the temporary crosswalk, the crosswalk was no longer the safest option for crossing Wilson Blvd. Specifically, the fire traffic signal remains green at all times unless triggered for fire truck departure, so cars have a green signal even when pedestrians are crossing. As a result, the midblock crossing was removed and relocated to an alternative location on this segment of Wilson Blvd between N Pierce St and N Oak St. 

      Clarendon Blvd & N. Quinn St

      • Project Description: This project will straighten the curb line along Clarendon Blvd at the intersection of N Quinn St, which will improve safety along the protected bike lane on Clarendon approaching the intersection. This project will also add a concrete pedestrian refuge to provide additional crossing protection for pedestrians at the intersection.
      • Safety Need: Identified through the 2020 Hot Spot Program.
      • Status / Timeline: Construction anticipated Fall 2022  
      • Additional Notes: N/A  

      N Quincy Street & 14th St N / 13th St N

      • Project Description: This project will install multimodal improvements that consolidate bus stops on southbound N Quincy St, enhance pedestrians safety crossing, and allows for continuity of the existing bike facility. This project maintains existing residential permit parking spaces.
      • Safety Need: Identified as part of the N Quincy Street. multimodal repaving effort conducted in 2019.  Work on the section of the roadway between 13th St N and 14th St N was postponed because of the work at the Education Center. 
      • Status / Timeline: Anticipated Summer/Fall 2022

      Fairfax Dr & N Taylor St

      • Project Description: This project will add curb extensions, ADA-complaint curb ramps, and shorten pedestrian crossing distance over N Fairfax Dr.
      • Safety Need: Identified through a safety audit conducted on the Fairfax Dr corridor in 2019.  
      • Status / Timeline: Estimated Fall 2022
      Washington Blvd & 19th St N  
      • Project Description: Improvements at the intersection of Washington Blvd & 19th St N to formalize curb lines along 19th St N and enhance drainage, as well as building a permanent curb extension and ADA-compliant ramp across 19th St N to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and slow turning vehicles.
      • Safety Need: This project was identified as part of a stormwater project. Staff tied the stormwater work  with community-reported concerns along 19th St N. While the addition of sidewalks would have been ideal for safety benefits, staff were not able to include sidewalks within the scope or budget of this short-term, quick-build project. However, the curb extensions significantly improve the crossing and were within scope, so we took advantage of the opportunity. 
      • Status / Timeline: Spring 2022

      Nelly Custis Dr & N Quincy St

      • Project Description: This project will build out a marked curb extension at the SE corner of the intersection, delivering ADA-complaint curb ramps and shortening pedestrian crossing distance over Nelly Custis Dr.
      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report. 
      • Status / Timeline: Anticipated 2023

      Yorktown Blvd & George Mason Dr (East Side)

      • Project Description: Intersection improvement to build out tactical markings deployed in 2017. Improvements include ADA compliant ramps and curb extensions to shorten the crossing distances.
        • Plans currently in development
      • Safety Need: In response to a safety issue identified through a Transportation Safety Investigation performed in 2016.  
      • Status / Timeline: Anticipated 2023 construction
      • Additional Notes: Improvements at other corners of the intersection were part of other Quick Build projects.  

       

      Completed Quick-Build Safety Projects  

      Yorktown Blvd & N Edison St  

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 380KB)
      • Project Description: Built curb extensions to be added on the southern corners of the intersection, which will visually and physically narrow the roadway, reduce crossing distance for pedestrians/bikes, and reduce turning vehicle speeds. The project includes marking stop bars and high visibility crosswalks on the north and south legs of N Edison St. 
      • Safety Need: Yorktown High School is located one block west on Yorktown Blvd. This intersection is on a major walking path to the high school. The project was identified through nearby routine bus stop accessibility improvements.  
      • Status / Timeline: Anticipated 2022
      • Additional Notes: None

      Williamsburg Blvd & N George Mason Dr 

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 413KB)
      • Project Description: Curb extensions to be constructed on the northeast and northwest portions of the intersection, which will realign the curbs along George Mason Dr, reduce crossing distance for pedestrians/bikes, enhance driver sight lines at the stop sign, and reduce turning vehicle speeds; Extension of the median will provide additional pedestrian refuge area; Improvement of the bus stop on the northeast corner of the intersection to comply with most recent ADA standards.
      • Safety Need: Identified through the 2018 Annual Hot Spot Analysis as a location that sees a significant number of angle crashes.
      • Status / Timeline: Completed Summer 2022
      • Additional Notes: The intersection did not meet the warrants for a traffic signal and an all way stop. 

      26th St N & N. Harrison St  

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 406KB)
      • Project Description: Curb extensions to be constructed on the northeast, southwest, and southeast portions of the intersection to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve driver sight lines. The slip lane island and crossings are to be updated in the northwest portion.  
      • Safety Need: Identified through the annual hot spot analysis in 2017. 
      • Status / Timeline: Completed Spring 2022
      • Additional Notes: Improvements in 2018 included (1) new pavement markings and bollards to reduce turning speeds and provide additional pedestrian refuge and (2) an in-street pedestrian sign to bring extra visibility for pedestrians crossing. These improvements helped to reduce crashes, so the next step is to build out the curbs with concrete to enhance safety and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance. Note that, although the County prefers to remove slip lanes whenever possible, the angle of the turn is too acute to allow for a right turn from southbound Harrison St on to westbound 25th St N. In addition, the removal of the slip lane would lengthen and remove the existing refuge for the pedestrian crossing. Therefore, the slip lane will remain but include improvements to increase pedestrian visibility. 

      Yorktown Blvd & George Mason Dr (West Side)

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 359KB)
      • Project Description: Intersection improvement to build out tactical markings deployed in 2017. Improvements include ADA compliant ramps, curb extensions to shorten the crossing distances, and bus stop enhancements.   
      • Safety Need: Identified through the Bus Stop Accessibility Improvements program and revisiting a safety issue identified in 2016.  
      • Status / Timeline: Completed Summer 2022
      • Additional Notes: Improvements at other corners of the intersection may be part of future projects.

      S Walter Reed Dr & 12th St S

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 161KB)
      • Project Description: Rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs) will be installed on the northside crosswalk over S Walter Reed Dr at the intersection of 12th St S. The RRFBs will increase pedestrian and bike visibility and reduce multiple threat crashes (in other words, it helps to minimize crashes that occur when a vehicle that has stopped to let a pedestrian or bike cross blocks the view of the crosswalk from another on-coming vehicle).
      • Safety Need: Identified through a 2021 initial safety audit of the S Walter Reed Dr High-Injury Network corridor. Staff collected pedestrian and bike counts at various intersections along this stretch of S. Walter Reed Drive and identified the crosswalks with the highest volumes for RRFBs.

        Status / Timeline: Completed Winter 2021/2022

      S Walter Reed Dr & 14th St S

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 313KB)
      • Project Description: Rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs) will be installed at the crosswalk over S Walter Reed Dr at the intersection of 14th St S. The RRFBs will increase pedestrian and bike visibility and reduce multiple threat crashes (in other words, it helps to minimize crashes that occur when a vehicle that has stopped to let a pedestrian or bike cross blocks the view of the crosswalk from another on-coming vehicle).
      • Safety Need: Identified through a 2021 initial safety audit of the S Walter Reed Dr High-Injury Network corridor. This crosswalk also provides direct access to the Walter Reed Community Center and public facilities. Staff collected pedestrian and bike counts at various intersections along this stretch of S. Walter Reed Drive and identified the crosswalks with the highest volumes for RRFBs.
      • Status / Timeline: Completed Winter 2021/2022

      N Quincy St & 9th St N 

      • Click here for project sheet.(PDF, 364KB)
      • Project Description: A built extension to the northeast curb to permanently reduce the crosswalk distance over N Quincy St and minimize the vehicle turning radius. The project includes new ADA-compliant curb ramps on the northeast corner.
      • Safety Need: This project was identified through community-reported concerns.
      • Status / Timeline: Completed Winter 2021/2022
      • Additional Notes: N/A  

        North Ohio Street Bridge over I-66

        • Click here to view the before/after project sheet
        • Project Description: New buffered bike lane pavement markings across the N Ohio St bridge over I-66 (between 14th St N and 12th Rd N) to create a continuous bike lane along N Ohio St.
        • Safety Need: This project was identified through community-reported concerns and selected for a project due to its close proximity to Cardinal and Arlington Traditional Elementary Schools.
        • Status / Timeline: Completed Winter 2021/22

        Tuckahoe Park Crossing at N. Sycamore Street

        • Click here(PDF, 318KB) to view the before/after project sheet
        • Project Description: Added a new crosswalk with ADA-compliant receiving curb ramps to create a mid-block crossing over Sycamore Street between the long block from Langston Blvd (formerly Lee Hwy) and 26th St N. The new crosswalk provides access to Tuckahoe Park and Tuckahoe Elementary School, both areas of high pedestrian activity.
        • Safety Need: This project was identified through community-reported concerns and selected for a project due to its close proximity to Tuckahoe Elementary School. 
        • Status / Timeline: Completed December 2021
        Wilson Blvd & N. Fillmore Street + Wilson Blvd & N. Barton Street
        • Click here(PDF, 326KB) to view the before/after project sheet
        • Project Description: Added bike lane skips across both intersections to ensure awareness of bike lane continuity and added a two-stage bike turn box to the northwest corner of each intersection to create a designated path and space for people on bikes making left turns.
        • Safety Need: Identified through evaluation of bike boxes on nearby HIN corridors.
        • Status / Timeline: Completed November 2021

        36th St S & S Abingdon St 

        • Click here(PDF, 295KB) to view the before/after project sheet
        • Project Description: dded an extension to the north curb to build out the existing pavement markings to permanently reduce the crosswalk distance and minimize the vehicle turning radius. The project included a centerline buffer to reduce the vehicle lane widths, a new ADA-compliant curb ramp at the southern curb, and bike lane skips across the intersection to enhance bicycle visibility. 
        • Safety Need: This project was identified through community-reported concerns and coordinated with the Fairlington Civic Association using funds available through local developer contributions.  
        • Status / Timeline: Completed December 2021
        20th Rd N & N Randolph St
        • Click here(PDF, 239KB) to view the before/after project sheet.
        • Project Description: ADA compliant curb ramp to be constructed on the northwest corner of the intersection along with providing a high visibility crosswalk from the northwest to the northeast corner. 
        • Safety Need: Identified through the 2020 Repaving program; existing crosswalk lead into a utility pole. 
        • Completed: September 2021 

        N Ohio St & 18th St N (Temporary Materials) 

        • Click here(PDF, 272KB) to view the before/after project sheet. 
        • Project Description: A new crosswalk to create a mid-block crossing over North Ohio Street between the existing crossings at Washington Boulevard and at 14th Street North. The new crosswalk will provide better access to Cardinal Elementary School and Swanson Middle School School, both areas of high pedestrian activity. Additionally, a marked median extension and marked curb extensions are being added to shorten the pedestrian crossings.  
        • Safety Need: This project was identified by the Arlington Public Schools new school working group because it is a walking route to the new Cardinal Elementary School.  
        • Completed: September 2021 

        S Courthouse Rd & Walter Reed Dr 

        • Click here(PDF, 303KB) to view the before/after project sheet.  
        • Project Description: Improved the curb ramps and clarified the crossings with markings and stop and yield signs for the intersection approaches.  
        • Safety Need: Identified through the 2017 hot spot program and reports from the community. 
        • Completed: July 2021 

        Shirlington Rd & Four Mile Run Dr 

        • Click here(PDF, 397KB) to view the before/after project sheet.  
        • Project Description: Added a marking/bollard curb extension to be added on the northwest corner of the intersection; added a southbound no right turn on red restriction and a leading pedestrian interval phase.  
        • Safety Need: Four Mile Run Dr was identified on the 2019 High Injury Network, and this intersection was identified as a high volume trail crossing.  
        • Completed: July 2021 
        • Additional Notes: More improvements will be made to Four Mile Run Dr and Shirlington Rd in conjunction with the Jennie Dean Park improvement project, estimated for Fall 2021 completion.  

        Fairfax Drive and 14th Street North 

        • Click here to view the before/after project sheet.  
        • Project Description: Added sidewalk, widened pavement markings, upgraded curb ramps, repaired curb and gutter, and added a stop sign. 
        • Safety Need: Identified through the 2017 hot spot program 
        • Completed: May 2021 

        North Quincy Street and 5th Road North 

        • Click here to view the before/after project sheet.   
        • Project Description: Added missing link in protected bike lane added and realigned curb along the park. 
        • Safety Need: Missing link in protected bike network.  
        • Completed: May 2021 

        North Meade Street and Arlington Boulevard 

        • Click here to view the before/after project sheet.   
        • Project Description: Removed southbound turn lane and added a protected bike lane. 
        • Safety Need: Identified through the 2017 hot spot program 
        • Completed: October 2020  

        Williamsburg Boulevard and 34th Road North / 34th Street North 

        • Click here to view the before/after project sheet.   
        • Project Description: Installed speed feedback indicator signs, added new pavement markings and signage. 
        • Safety Need: Pedestrian safety issues and speeding on Williamsburg Blvd reported by community and confirmed via speed data collection.  
        • Completed: September 2020