S Frederick St between George Mason Drive & Columbia Pike Improvements


South Frederick Street between George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike, in the Columbia Forest neighborhood, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map



S Frederick St between George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike Improvements

This section of roadway was selected for improvements because of missing curb ramps, wide intersections and adjacent land uses and because of the connection from Wakefield High School to Columbia Pike. Additionally, this is a transit route and an on-street bike route.

About the Project

The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) Program asked residents to tell the County where improvements are needed on our neighborhood streets. In spring 2017 we received more than 360 applications for safety improvements, which resulted in a list of 169 eligible potential projects.

Staff began the process of scoring projects based on criteria approved by the County Board. The demand for improvements to neighborhood streets exceeds our ability to analyze all the submissions with traffic studies to confirm speeding and quantify the volume of vehicle traffic in each of the 169 locations. Collection of traffic data is ongoing but will take some time before we have a complete scored and ranked list of projects.

2018 pilot projects

In the interest of providing needed safety enhancements on Arlington’s neighborhood streets, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission selected three pilot projects in 2018:

  1. North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North and 14th Street North (Waycroft Woodlawn)
  2. 6th Street North at Edison Street North and Emerson Street North (Bluemont)
  3. 6th Street South at South Adams Street (Penrose)

These three projects involve improvements to problem intersections (where vehicle crashes have happened) in locations with bicycle or transit routes and other pedestrian generators nearby. The projects ranked high on the NCS project list based on available data. Limitations to scope, schedule and budget were considerations in the selection of the three pilot projects, as we continue to evaluate the full list of submitted problem street locations.

2019 pilot projects

In 2019, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission selected three additional pilot projects:

  1. 13th Street South between South Walter Reed Drive and South Glebe Road (Douglas Park)
  2. South Frederick Street between George Mason Dive and Columbia Pike (Columbia Forest)
  3. North Stafford Street between 15th Street North and Lee Highway (Cherrydale)

Public Process

This project page will be updated to include public engagement efforts of County staff and the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission to advance this pilot project.


The 2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) dedicated funding for these improvements through the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program.