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South Walter Reed Drive from 5th Street S to Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 View Map
Implementation Update - Winter 2024
Phase 2 of the Walter Reed Drive Complete Streets project is being implemented in conjunction with the APS Career Center project. Construction for the APS Career Center project is anticipated to begin in summer 2024 and the streets project will be implemented in phases. Additional details will be shared as they are received.
Arlington County Staff are coordinating with the APS Career Center project and the schedule is subject to change.
Phase 2 includes capital improvements at 9th Street South and tactical improvements from 5th Street South to Columbia Pike. This phase received funding for design and engineering in the short-term Capital Improvement Plan approved by the County Board in July 2020.
Final Concept Update – Spring 2023
The concept design shared in November 2022 has received additional updates as the project team works to finalize the design. The changes are consistent with planning guidance and community feedback heard through the three engagements.
Summary of changes from the November 2022 version to the April 2023 final concept:
Final Concept - Winter 2022/23
Reduces the complexity of the 6th Street S. intersection to improve safety for all transportation network users and shortens crossing distances for people walking.
Realigns and adds a signal to the 9th Street S. intersection to facilitate movements for all transportation network users (including school buses and fire apparatus) and shorten crossing distances for people walking.
Adds raised islands for safer turning movements and to provide additional protection for people biking and walking
Relocates the midblock bus stop closer to 8th Street S. to improve rider safety and access as well as bus headways.
Provides protected and buffered bike lanes to improve safety and access of people biking between 7th and 9th Streets S.
Provides a buffered bike lanes between 6th and 7th Street were added to the final concept as an interim condition.
Reconfigures driveway access near 8th and 9th Streets S. to provide safer access to private parking, reduce crossing distances for people walking and reduce intersection complexity for all transportation network users.
Provides more consistent travel lane widths and pocket turn lanes at 9th Street S. and 7th Street S. to improve the safety and predictability of people driving.
Provides approximately 104 parking spaces, a net gain of 2 spaces from existing conditions.
Design updates from revised concept (spring 2022) to final concept (winter 2022)
Added additional green space and permeable surfaces in response to community feedback:
Added three planting strips in sidewalk west of Walter Reed from 9th Road South to Columbia Pike.
Removed raised median on 9th Street west of the intersection to ensure safety and access of larger vehicles turning, such as school buses and fire trucks.
Added two-stage left turn bike boxes at 9th Street intersection to facilitate turn movements for people biking on the 9th Street Bike Boulevard.
Phase 1 is the intersection of 5th Street South/South Fillmore Street/South Walter Reed Drive. This phase started construction in December 2020 and was completed in spring 2021.
As part of the approved short-term Capital Improvement Plan approved by the County Board in July 2020, the Phase 2 project scope was updated to include capital improvements at 9th Street South and tactical improvements from 5th Street South to Columbia Pike.
A virtual community meeting was held in March 2022
Original Project Scope
Both phases of this project are using Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) local funds for design and construction.
S. Walter Reed Drive
Project Manager - Phase 1
Project Manager - Phase 2
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