South Walter Reed Drive Complete Streets Improvements

Location

South Walter Reed Drive from 5th Street S to Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Status

In Design

South Walter Reed Drive Complete Streets Improvements

About the Project

Phase 2

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. 

Project Goals:

  • Provide better connectivity for people walking and biking by improving bike facilities and pedestrian crossings through tactical improvements
  • Reduce complexity at 9th Street South by realigning the intersection
  • Allow controlled access to and from 9th Street South by signalizing the intersection

Final Concept - Winter 2022/23

The project team used community feedback on the revised concept, plan guidance and other roadway data to finalize a design concept. The project will be put out to bid in spring/summer 2023, with anticipated construction to begin in fall 2023.

Final Concept Design Highlights

  • 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 bike lanes to improve safety and access of people biking between 6th and 9th Streets S. 

  • 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 11 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 ten grass medians from 5th Street South to 9th Street South.
    • Added two landscaped rain gardens: one at 6th Street South and the other at 9th Street S. 
    • 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. 

  • Added wider sidewalks from 9th Road South to Columbia Pike to improve pedestrian and transit rider safety and access based on community feedback.

  • In this section, widening the sidewalks reduces on-street parking by five spaces from revised concept design.  
  • As noted above, the final design provides approximately 104 parking spaces, a net gain of 11 spaces from existing conditions. 

 

 

 

 

Phase 1

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.

Design Improvements

  • Redesign the intersection geometry at 5th Street South and Walter Reed Drive to increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and transit users
  • Install new striping and signage
  • Replace existing curb ramps with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps
  • Improve bus stop location and infrastructure
  • Improve water quality with the installation of bio-retention infrastructure at the intersection of South Walter Reed Drive and 5th Street South

 

 

Public Process

Phase 2

Fall 2020 - Virtual Open House

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.

 

Spring 2021 - Concept Design Open House

Spring 2022 - Revised Concept Design Open House

 

Phase 1

Engagement

  • March 2016 - A meeting was held with the Penrose and Arlington Heights civic associations
  • October 2009 - A Corridor Comparison Study was conducted following the restriping of South Walter Reed Drive between 5th Street South and Columbia Pike

 

Original Project Scope

Original Project Scope

  • Community reviews occurred during the development of the 30 percent design plans
  • March 2016 - A meeting was held with the Penrose and Arlington Heights civic associations: Community Briefing Presentation
  • October 2009 - A Corridor Comparison Study  was conducted following the restriping of South Walter Reed Drive between 5th Street South and Columbia Pike

 

Funding

Both phases of this project are using Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) local funds for design and construction.