8th Road North from North Kensington Street to North Lexington Street, and North Lexington Street from 8th Road North to Wilson Boulevard, in the Bluemont neighborhood
This project was identified as a needed improvement to provide a safe, accessible pedestrian route to connect students and Bluemont residents to Wilson Boulevard and Ashlawn Elementary School.
About the Project
The renovation and expansion of Ashlawn Elementary School identified several enhancements needed in the walk-zone of the school, including the need for a safe, accessible route to connect students from the portions of the Bluemont neighborhood south of Wilson Boulevard to the school.
The initial configuration identified for this project would have paved an existing gravel service road through Bluemont Park, but it was revised to connect instead to Wilson Boulevard. This change in scope was due to changes in state environmental legislation discouraging increases in impervious surfacing, and to connect to existing transit service routes. The route will connect the existing pedestrian infrastructure within the south portion of Bluemont neighborhood for the benefit of all pedestrians.
The proposed project would add a 5-foot sidewalk along 8th Road North from North Kensington Street to North Lexington Street, and along North Lexington Street from 8th Road North to the existing sidewalk near Wilson Boulevard. There is currently no sidewalk on this block of 8th Road North, and no sidewalk along the majority of this block of North Lexington St. There is currently no accessible pedestrian route south of Wilson Boulevard from North Manchester Street to North Jefferson Street, and this project will fill that gap with an additional accessible route option.
All work will be performed within the County’s existing right of way and will minimize impacts to parking and disruption to existing utilities, to the extent possible.
This project was first identified through the process of expanding and renovating Ashlawn Elementary School, completed in 2015. The highest level of engagement planned for the project will be at the “Communicate and Consult” level in the early stages, and “Communicate” once the concept design has been identified.
The following engagement activities are planned:
- Staff will meet with affected property owners on Nov. 27, 2018, at 8 am at North Lexington Street and 8th Road North.
- Staff will present a preliminary concept for neighborhood discussion at the Nov. 28 meeting of the Bluemont Civic Association (7:30 pm, in the library of Arlington Traditional School).
- Staff will be available for additional input as needed through the planning stages of the project design. Residents and property owners should contact staff.
- Staff will continue to update this webpage and engage with the Ashlawn PTA and Bluemont Civic Association throughout the project.
The FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) dedicated funding for these improvements through the Safe Routes to School program. A portion of the project will be funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program grant administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation.