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 (hot spots analysis / High-Injury Network audits / systemic safety analysis) or community reports (from the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington Public Schools, or members of the community). 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. 

Project Identification 

DES identifies quick-build 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 safety audits on HIN 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 safety audits identify quick-build projects that we can implement in short order to improve safety.

Project Prioritization & Workflow 

Once a potential quick-build project is identified, staff assess and rank it's feasibility alongside other candidate projects based on several prioritization criteria (including crash history or risk, proximity to a school, location within an equity emphasis area, and the complexity of the construction). Next, staff order land survey to confirm whether the project is feasible within the quick-build timeframe and budget (typically under $250,000 and within 1-3 years). Last, once the projects that rank highest based on safety/equity needs that can be feasibly built within the quick-build parameters are communicated to the community via the website and civic messaging channels and enter the construction pipeline. 

View the Quick-Build Project Prioritization Process(PDF, 281KB)

View the Quick-Build Project Life Cycle Workflow(PDF, 226KB)

Upcoming & Completed Quick-Build Safety Projects

In the tabs below, you can find information on upcoming or recently completed quick-build projects across the county. Upcoming projects below are those currently in design or preparing for construction in the coming months. The completed quick-build projects are organized by the order in which they were completed. We also have a link that maps our Quick-Build projects below.

View the Quick-Build Project Safety Map

Upcoming Quick-Build Safety Projects

15th Street S & S Fern Street

  • Project Description: This project will install curb extensions to the southwestern and southeastern corners of the intersection and add high-visibility crosswalks on all crossings as part of a Traffic Signal Upgrade project.
  • Safety Need: Identified as part of a review of sidewalks in Crystal City and Pentagon City, as well as regular State of Good Repair work on our traffic signal network. 
  • Timeline: 2024

      Yorktown Blvd & George Mason Dr (East Side - Build Out of Existing Tactical Improvements)

      • 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.  
      • Safety Need: In response to a safety issue identified through a Transportation Safety Investigation performed in 2016.  
      • Timeline: 2024
      • Additional Notes: Improvements at other corners of the intersection were part of other Quick Build projects.

      Washington Blvd & N Frederick St 

      • Project Description:  The project will deliver curb extensions on all four corners of the intersection of Washington Blvd & N Frederick St. The goal of this project is to improve intersection geometry, sight distance and improve ADA curb ramps. View the plan: Washington-Blvd-N-Frederick-St.png(PNG, 1MB)
      • Safety Need: Identified through crash hot spot analysis.
      • Timeline: 2024

      N Quincy Street & 14th St N AND N Quincy St & 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.
      • Click here(PDF, 3MB) for the draft plan at 14th St N. Click here(PDF, 301KB) for the draft plan at 13th St N.
      • 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. 
      • Timeline: 2024

        Clarendon Blvd & N Queen St/N Pierce St

        • Project Description:  A floating bus stop serving WMATA Route 4B & 38B and ART Route 45 at Clarendon Blvd & N Queen/Pierce St. 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 Clarendon 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. Additional benefits include narrowing the roadway which helps to slow down through and turning vehicles. The project also involves raising the bike lane to a similar elevation as the floating bus stop platform. View the plan: Clarendon-Blvd-N-Pierce-St-Bus-Island.png(PNG, 1MB)
        • Safety Need: ADA accessibility community report & located on the High-Injury Network.
        • Timeline: 2024

            Clarendon Blvd & N Troy St

            • Project Description: The project will replace the marked buffer area at the existing crosswalk with a concrete pedestrian island on either side with Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB). View the plan: Clarendon-Blvd-N-Troy-St-RRFB.png(PNG, 414KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified as a project in the High-Injury Network and through community reports.
            • Timeline: 2024

            S George Mason Dr & S Edison St

            • Project Description: The project will deliver curb extensions on the northwest and southwest corners to provide ADA compliant curb ramps. View the plan: George-Mason-Dr-S-Edison-St.png(PNG, 527KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
            • Timeline: 2024

            S George Mason Dr & 12th St S

            • Project Description: The project will deliver a curb extension on the northern corner to provide ADA compliant curb ramps. View the plan: George-Mason-Dr-12th-St-S.png(PNG, 380KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
            • Timeline: 2024

            N George Mason Dr & 9th St N

            • Project Description: The project will provide Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB), roadway markings and signage improvements at the existing school crossing to Escuela Key Elementary. 
            • Safety Need: Identified through systemic analysis.
            • Timeline: 2024

            23rd St S mid-block crossing b/w S Fern St and S Eads St

            • Project Description: The project provides a pedestrian crossing by adding curb extensions 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. View the plan: 23rd-St-S-Midblock.png(PNG, 382KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified by County staff.
            • Timeline: 2024

            Langston Blvd & N Quantico St 

            • Project Description:  The project will deliver a curb extension on the southwest corner of the intersection of Langston Blvd. & N Quantico St. The goal of this project is to improve the existing bus stop and curb ramp to meet ADA compliance. View the plan: Langston-Blvd-N-Quantico-St.png(PNG, 454KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified through bus stop improvement program.
            • Timeline: 2024

            Clarendon Blvd & N Danville St

            • Project Description: The project will replace the marked buffer area at the existing crosswalk with a concrete pedestrian island on either side with Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB). View the plan: Clarendon-Blvd-N-Danville-St-Plan-RRFB.png(PNG, 709KB)
            • Safety Need: Identified as a project in the High-Injury Network and through community reports.
            • Timeline: 2024

              S Walter Reed Dr & S Pollard St 

              • Project Description: Curb extensions, crossing improvements, and bus stop improvements currently in design with Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB).
              • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 S Walter Reed Dr HIN audit. 
              • Timeline: 2024
              • Additional Notes: Improvements are currently in the design phase. Plans and timeline are in progress. 

              S Walter Reed Dr & S Kenmore St 

              • Project Description: Curb extensions and crossing improvements in design. View the plan: Walter-Reed-Dr-S-Kenmore-St.png(PNG, 821KB)
              • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 S Walter Reed Dr HIN audit. 
              • Timeline: 2024
              • Additional Notes: Improvements are currently in the design phase. Plans and timeline are in progress. 

              N Carlin Springs Rd & N Greenbrier St

              S Walter Reed Dr & S Lorton St 

              • Project Description: Crossing improvements in design.  
              • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 S Walter Reed Dr HIN audit. 
              • Timeline: 2024
              • Additional Notes: Improvements are currently in the design phase. Plans and timeline are in progress. 

              Langston Blvd & John Marshall Dr

              • Project Description:  This project builds out a marked curb extensions at the NE corner, provides an additional curb extension at the NW corner, and add median cut through improvements. All improvements will meet ADA standards. 
              • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
              • Timeline: 2024/2025

              Fairfax Dr & N Pollard St

              • Project Description: This project will build out a curb extension on the southeast corner and build out the median to provide a crossing for an RRFB. 
              • Safety Need: Identified through a systemic analysis of multilane crossings.
              • Timeline: 2024/2025

              Langston Blvd & N Kensington St

              • Project Description: This project will extend and widen the existing median to provide a crossing for an RRFB. 
              • Safety Need: Identified through a systemic analysis of multilane crossings.
              • Timeline: 2024/2025

              6th St S & S Wakefield St

              • Project Description: The project will deliver a curb extension on the southeast corner to provide ADA compliant curb ramps. 
              • Safety Need: Identified through a community report. 
              • Timeline: 2024/2025

              Little Falls Rd & N Ohio St

              • Project Description: This project builds out the marked curb extensions and existing marked medians. These changes will reduce crossing distances for people walking, encourage safer vehicle speeds, and increase user visibility for people walking, biking, and driving.
              • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
              • Timeline: 2025

              S Walter Reed Dr & 19th St S

              • Project Description: Curb extensions and crossing improvements in design.  
              • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 S Walter Reed Dr HIN audit. 
              • Timeline: 2025
              • Additional Notes: Improvements are currently in the design phase. Plans and timeline are in progress. 

              S Walter Reed Dr & S Monroe St

              • Project Description: Curb extensions and crossing improvements in design.  
              • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 S Walter Reed Dr HIN audit. 
              • Timeline: 2025
              • Additional Notes: Improvements are currently in the design phase. Plans and timeline are in progress. 

              10th St N & N Hudson St 

              • Project Description: Flashing beacons to improve pedestrian visibility at this mid-block crossing that is located along high density land uses and on the High-Injury Network. Plans coming soon. 
              • Safety Need: Identified through a systemic review of uncontrolled arterial crossings and located on the High-Injury Network. 
              • Timeline: TBD

              N Henderson Rd & 3rd St S/N Upton St

              • Project Description: This project will build out two curb extensions.
              • Safety Need: Identified through the N Henderson Rd HIN safety audit.  
              • Timeline: TBD

              Spout Run Pkwy Midblock RRFB

              • Project Description: The project will provide Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB)
              • Safety Need: Identified through a systemic analysis of multilane crossings.
              • Timeline: TBD

              N Quincy St b/w Glebe Rd and 9th St N

              • Project Description: This project will provide a new concrete island to enhance the existing protected bike lane.
              • Safety Need: Identified through a systemic analysis.
              • Timeline: TBD

              Fairfax Dr & N Utah St

              • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection included a curb extension at the NE corner, upgrading ramps at the NE and SW corners to meet ADA standards, and providing an ADA cut through the median on Fairfax Dr.
              • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
              • Timeline: TBD
                Projects Completed in 2024

                N Glebe Rd & Washington Blvd

                • Project cut sheet coming soon!
                • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection include upgrading the ramp at the NE corner to meet ADA standards and shortening the median nose on Washington Blvd (west side). View the plan(PDF, 2MB).
                • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                • Completed: 2024

                  10th Street N & N Barton St

                  • Project cut sheet coming soon!
                  • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection included upgrading the ramp at the SW to meet ADA standards. View the plan(PDF, 2MB).
                  • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                  • Completed: 2024

                      N Glebe Rd & 11th St N

                      • Project cut sheet coming soon!
                      • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection included upgrading the ramps at the NE and SE corners to meet ADA standards.
                      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                      • Completed: 2024

                      Wilson Blvd & N Troy St

                      Washington Blvd & 4th St N (median)

                      14th St N & N Veitch St

                      • View the project cut sheet.(PDF, 479KB)
                      • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection include curb extensions at the NW, SW, and SE corners, and upgrading the ramps to meet ADA standards at all four corners. View the plan(PDF, 4MB).
                      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                      • Completed: May 2024

                      Fairfax Dr & N Lynn

                      N 14th St & N Uhle St

                      • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection include a curb extension at the NE corner, upgrading the ramps at the NW and NE corners to meet ADA standards, and relocating the storm drain inlet at the NE corner. View the plan(PDF, 2MB).
                      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                      • Completed: May 2024

                      Clarendon Blvd & N Queen St

                      Wilson Blvd b/w N Pierce St and N Oak St

                      6th St S & S Adams St (median island)

                      S Four Mile Run Dr btw S Walter Reed Dr & S George Mason Dr (SFIS)

                      • View the project cut sheet.(PDF, 278KB)
                      • Project Description: Speed feedback indicator sign to provide real time speed information to drivers. The signs blink when the driver is exceeding the posted speed limit to indicate the need to slow down.
                      • Safety Need: Identified through High-Injury Network safety audit. 
                      • Completed: March 2024

                      Wilson Blvd & N Garfield St (Tactical Improvements)

                      Fairfax Dr & N Nelson St (Tactical Improvements)

                      N Barton St & 14th St N (Tactical Improvements)

                      Wilson Blvd & N Oak St (Tactical Improvements) 

                      • Project cut sheet coming soon!
                      • Project Description: Improvements at the intersection include tactical, marked curb extensions with bollards at the NE, NW, and SW corners to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians and slow vehicle turning speeds. View the plan: Wilson-Blvd-and-N-Oak-St.jpg(JPG, 117KB)  
                      • Safety Need: Identified through crash hot spot analysis.
                      • Timeline: February 2024

                      N Randolph St & 9th St N (Tactical Improvements)

                      • View the project cut sheet.(PDF, 394KB)
                      • Project Description: The project added tactical curb extensions (using markings and flex posts) to the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection, which shortened crossing distances for pedestrians and slowed vehicle turning speeds. It also marked the bike lane and defined the bus stop area along N Randolph St to enhance multimodal space and safety. View the plan(PDF, 541KB).
                      • Safety Need: Identified based on multimodal safety needs along a key connection between two High-Injury Network corridors
                      • Completed: January 2024

                      N Clarendon Blvd & N Cleveland St

                      • View the project cut sheet(PDF, 340KB).
                      • Project Description: Improvements at this intersection included curb extensions at the NW and SW corners, and upgrading the ramps at the NW, SW, and SE corners to meet ADA standards. View the plan(PDF, 3MB).
                      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report.
                      • Completed: January 2024

                      Williamsburg Blvd & 36th St N (Tactical Improvements)

                      • View the project cut sheet.(PDF, 448KB)
                      • Project Description: The project added tactical curb extensions (using markings and flex posts) to the northwest and southeast corners of the intersection, which shortened crossing distances for pedestrians and slowed vehicle turning speeds. It also added SLOW SCHOOL XING pavement markings in advance of the school zone crossing over arterial Williamsburg Blvd per the County’s school zone guidelinesView the plan(PDF, 520KB).
                      • Safety Need: Identified through the school zone retrofits process
                      • Completed: January 2024
                      Projects Transitioning to Capital Projects

                      Little Falls Rd & John Marshall Dr - TRANSITIONING TO PILOT PROJECT - Stay tuned for details!

                      • Project Description: This project builds out the marked curb extensions and extend the existing medians through the crosswalks. These changes will reduce crossing distances for people walking, encourage safer vehicle speeds, and increase user visibility for people walking, biking, and driving. 
                      • Safety Need: Identified through a community report and annual crash analysis.
                      • Status / Timeline: TBD

                      S Glebe Rd & Old Glebe Rd - TRANSITIONING TO PILOT PROJECT - Stay tuned for details!

                      • Project Description: Design concept is under review by the Virginia Department of Transportation because this intersection is within their right-of-way. Proposed improvements may include tactical curb extensions at the corners of S Old Glebe Rd to reduce crossing distances and slow down turning vehicles, as well as additional intersection improvements to reduce conflicts and enhance crossings over S Glebe Rd. 
                      • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 Glebe Road HIN audit.  
                      • Status / Timeline: TBD
                      • Additional Notes: Moving forward with improvements will require coordination and approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

                      N Rhodes St & Wilson Blvd Floating Bus Stop - Transitioning to a capital project - stay tuned for more information

                      • 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: Transitioning to a capital project - more information coming soon
                      • Additional Notes: Learn more about floating bus stops how to use them here.

                      N Glebe Rd & Cathedral Ln - Transitioning to a capital project - stay tuned for more information

                      • Project Description: Crossing and ramp improvements in design. 
                      • Safety Need: Identified through the 2021 Glebe Road HIN audit.  
                      • Status / TimelineTransitioning to a capital project - more information coming soon
                      • Additional Notes: Moving forward with improvements will require coordination and approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

                       

                                                                                              

                      View Quick-Build Projects Installed 2023 or Earlier

                      DES Transportation staff have been implementing small projects across the county for many years before the County Board adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan and these projects were consolidated into the Vision Zero program. If you are looking for other similar small-scale projects that predate this list, please check with Arlington Neighborhoods program (formerly Neighborhood Conservation) and the Neighborhood Complete Streets program web pages.