Bluemont Junction Trail Intersections Improvements Project

Construction Update - August 2021

County crews anticipate starting the Bluemont Trail improvements at the North Emerson Street crossing during the week of Sept. 6.

The work at N. Emerson Street will implement new and enhanced signage and markings, re-align the trail approach to the east side of the intersection to improve lines of sight for intersection users, and install a raised crossing for the trail.

Once construction begins, we anticipate completion within approximately one month, weather permitting. Work hours will generally be 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Construction will impact the travel lanes on North Emerson Street, the Bluemont Junction Trail, and some street parking:

  • If you’re using the trail, be alert for a mulch-surface detour and a flagger directing traffic. A detour will be in place for trail users that need accessibility accommodations – see the detour plan
  • If you’re walking, the crosswalk may be temporarily closed. People walking will be assisted by flaggers.
  • Temporary parking restrictions will be posted on North Emerson Street ahead of construction.

 

About the Project

The Bluemont Junction Trail traverses the Bluemont neighborhood, connecting the Ballston area with the Washington and Old Dominion trail at Bluemont Park.

This project will address safety and accessibility concerns where the trail intersects with the street network at North Kensington Street, North Emerson Street, and North Buchanan Street. It will benefit people walking, biking, accessing transit, and driving. 

Final Concept Plans

Staff have refined the preliminary concept plans to reflect additional feedback to create final concepts.

Preliminary Concept Plans

Concept plans for the project were developed in-house by County design engineers. These concepts reflect input received from project stakeholders as well as key information gathered during site visits, surveys, and utility locations.

The preliminary concepts include upgrades for safety and access at each of the three affected intersections. They will:

  • Improve visibility and sightlines for trail and road users
  • Increase predictability of intersection interactions
  • Account for traffic volumes on both the trail and the intersecting streets
  • Manage storm water effectively
  • Incorporate transit improvements where the trail crosses N Kensington Street
Additional Design Considerations

Based on community feedback, the project team reviewed and determined that the it is feasible to raise the trail crossings at N Emmerson Street and N Kensington Street. The suitability of additional traffic control signage has also been considered at each intersection.

Public Process

Trail safety and access issues for the Bluemont Junction trail were first raised by the community in 2013. The project has evolved to focus on the three intersections included based on site visits, data analysis, and community input.

Preliminary concepts were developed with input from members of the Bluemont Civic Association. Additional comments were solicited from the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The following engagement activities have taken place:

  • A walking meeting and follow-up presentation to the Bluemont Civic Association in spring and summer 2017
  • Inclusion in staff communications about projects in process to both the Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee in summer 2017
  • A presentation of concept design plans to the Bluemont Civic Association in spring 2018
  • Presentation of concept design plans to the Bluemont Civic Association in winter 2019.
  • Public comment accepted through an online engagement form in November 2020

Funding

This project is funded through the Capital Improvements Plan, using funds designated for pedestrian safety improvements.

Location

Bluemont, Arlington, VA 22203  View Map

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