6th Street South at South Adams Street, in the Penrose neighborhood
This neighborhood intersection was selected for improvement because it has an extremely wide pedestrian crossing. Though there is a center median, it doesn't provide a refuge for pedestrians crossing 6th Street South, which is both a bicycle and transit route.
In response to feedback provided by the community, the following alternative was selected:
The County installed the new pavement markings and delineators in August 2018. See photos in the Image Gallery (on the right).
About the Project
The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) Program asked residents to tell the County where street improvements are needed on our neighborhood streets. In spring 2017 we received more than 360 applications for safety improvements, which resulted in a list of 169 eligible potential projects.
Staff began the process of scoring projects based on criteria approved by the Arlington County Board. The demand for improvements to neighborhood streets exceeds our ability to analyze all the submissions with traffic studies to confirm speeding and quantify the volume of vehicle traffic in each of the 169 locations. Collection of traffic data is ongoing, but will take some time before we have a complete scored and ranked list of projects.
In the interest of providing needed safety enhancements on Arlington’s neighborhood streets, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission selected three pilot projects:
- 6th Street South at South Adams Street (Penrose)
- North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North and 14th Street North (Waycroft Woodlawn)
- 6th Street North at North Edison Street and North Emerson Street (Bluemont)
All three projects involve improvements to problem intersections (where vehicle crashes have happened) in locations with bicycle or transit routes and other pedestrian generators nearby. These projects were ranked high on the NCS project list based on available data. Limitations to scope, schedule and budget were considerations in the selection of these three pilot projects, as we continue to evaluate the full list of submitted problem street locations.
In June 2018 an online comment form was available for residents to provide input on the design options. The comment period ended June 29.
Staff also took comments on the design options at the Penrose Civic Association meeting on June 19, 2018. The following design options were presented during the public engagement process, with comments incorporated into the selected design:
County staff and the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission encourage ongoing feedback about the changes once they are implemented.
The 2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) dedicated funding for these improvements through the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program.