South Four Mile Run Drive Complete Streets Project

Status

In Design

Location

Phase 1: South Nelson Street to Shirlington Road

Phase 2: South Walter Reed Drive to South Nelson Street - Fall 2022

Status

In Design

Phase 1: Completed spring 2022.

Phase 2: The project team is updating concept designs to address community feedback heard during the August 2022 engagement period. A revised concept will be shared for public feedback in winter 2023. Implementation of the interim final concept will take place is spring 2023.

About the Project


Project Background

This section of South Four Mile Run Drive will pilot a roadway reconfiguration identified in the Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan. The project can be implemented using low-cost, interim measures to facilitate easy installation and evaluation. The data collected will help determine the viability of longer-term roadway reconstructions that could potentially add sidewalks, landscaping and green infrastructure, as appropriate. The County’s adopted Vision Zero Action Plan, adopted in 2020, highlights South Four Mile Run Drive as part of the County’s High-Injury Network (i.e., corridors in the county with higher densities of crashes resulting in a serious or fatal injury) and identifies crash hot spots including the intersection of South Four Mile Run Drive and South Walter Reed Drive and Shirlington Road and 27th Street South, which are located on either ends of the project corridor. County staff will assess and address safety issues along South Four Mile Run Drive as part of this project, as well as other projects and initiatives, to continue to work toward safer conditions throughout the corridor.

Project Guidance
Project Goals
  • Support Jennie Dean Park renovation by maximizing on-street parking while also ensuring safety for pedestrians and maintaining appropriate traffic flow.
  • Provide a continuous pedestrian pathway along S Four Mile Run Drive. The pathway will run along the north side between Shirlington Road and Oakland Street and transition to the south side between Oakland Street and Walter Reed Drive. 
  • Enhance ramps and shorten pedestrian crossing distances at Shirlington Road and S Nelson Street to increase pedestrian safety and access to Jennie Dean Park, nearby trails and other destinations in Green Valley and Shirlington.
  • Reduce vehicle speeds (currently averaging about 10MPH above the speed limit) to improve safety for all road users.
  • Improve safety and accessibility to nearby bus stops (ART Routes 75 & 87, Metro Routes 10B, 23A/B/T) for transit users.
  • In order to achieve project goals, a roadway reconfiguration is necessary for this section of Four Mile Run Drive, as indicated in the Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan. 

Community Engagement Process

Phase 2 - S Walter Reed Drive and S Nelson Street
Final Concept and Implementation - Spring 2023

Based on community feedback and existing plan guidance, a final concept for Phase 2 will be shared with the public in developed and implemented in spring 2023.

Revised Concept Design - Winter 2023

Design concepts will be updated to address stakeholder concerns heard during the Concept Design feedback engagement process. Revised concept designs will be shared for public feedback.

Concept Design Feedback - August 2022

Virtual Meeting

The project team held a second community meeting on August 17.

The meeting offered the ability to:

  • Learn more about the long-term vision for the roadway from The Four Mile Run Valley Area plan
  • See the types of short-term improvements that can be made this season through repaving and remarking
  • Review what we heard from you about how the corridor functions today
  • Get a first look at the concept designs and elements developed based on what we have learned
  • Learn more about next steps

Engagement and meeting materials

Input gathered will help evaluate and refine the final concept design, for implementation in spring 2023.

Existing Conditions Feedback - June 2022

Virtual Meeting

County transportation staff hosted a virtual community meeting to learn more about phase two of the South Four Mile Run Drive Complete Streets project, located between S Walter Reed Drive and S Nelson Street. 

The meeting offered the ability to:

  • Learn more about the long-term vision for the roadway from The Four Mile Run Valley Area plan
  • See the types of short-term improvements that can be made this season through repaving and remarking
  • Share your feedback about how the corridor functions today to help inform concept designs

Meeting materials

 Community members were also asked to share their feedback online and at a pop-up engagement effort.

  • Community engagement summary
  • Staff is currently reviewing feedback received from the online meeting, online feedback form, in-person at the pop-up event, and via email.
  • Input received helped staff develop a concept designs for the corridor.

 

Phase 1

Concept Design Meeting - July 2021

Based on guidance from existing plans, the project team will share a base concept design that includes potential options on pedestrian pathway connectivity, an additional crosswalk location and different parking use-type scenarios.

  • Learn about project goals and existing plan guidance
  • Review the project concept and options
  • Share your feedback

Input gathered helped evaluate and refine the final concept design.

Final Concept and Implementation - Fall 2021

Based on community feedback and existing plan guidance, a final concept for Phase 1 has been developed and will be implemented as part of the Fall 2021 repaving season.

Additional community engagement activities:

  • Staff provided a general timeline update to the Green Valley Civic Association in June 2021

Photo Gallery

 

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