Preliminary scoping of the project site revealed this project is not well suited to a pilot project, due to site constraints and conflicts. The primary goal – of improving safety and access through a complete sidewalk on 13th Street South from Walter Reed to South Glebe Road – would require more extensive modifications to the street than could be achieved through a pilot project.
In June 2019, the final ranked list of NCS nominated street locations was completed, and 13th Street South was among the top ranked projects. The NCSC agreed with the staff recommendation and chose to convert this from a pilot project into a capital project at their September 2019 meeting.
Revised Concept Plan
Staff considered the feedback received from the public and adjacent property owners, existing utility conflicts, and the need for multiple permanent easements when evaluating the proposed project plans. A revised version of Concept 1 will be presented to the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission for their consideration at their March meeting.
The primary goal of the project is to provide a complete sidewalk on one side of the street, including ADA accessible ramps and improved markings at intersections. County staff have prepared two preliminary concepts for public feedback.
Both preliminary concepts would:
Include improved signage and markings at the intersections within the project boundaries
Improve the curb ramps at the intersection of South Highland Street
Likely include repaving the street from South Walter Reed Drive to South Irving Street
Provides a sidewalk on the north side of 13th Street from Walter Reed Drive to South Highland Street. Retains “shoulder” parking on the south side of the street. Pedestrians would cross the street at South Highland to continue walking toward South Irving and South Glebe Road.
Provides a continuous sidewalk on the south side of 13th Street from Walter Reed Drive to South Highland Street. This would continue the existing sidewalk on the south side of 13th Street between South Highland Street and South Glebe Road.
The Neighborhood Complete Streets program is committed to creating a customized public engagement plan for each NCS project. This allows staff and the NCSC to adjust the engagement to the nature, scope and scale of each project, as well as to consider the stakeholder communities involved.