Approximately 4.3 miles long, parallel to Columbia Pike along 9th Street South and 12th Street South.
- The design for the intersections of 9th Street South at South Highland, South Cleveland, South Adams and South Wayne Streets is complete (see image gallery to the right). The construction contract is expected to be awarded at the February 25 County Board meeting. Construction is expected to begin in spring/summer 2017.
- The 9th Street South intersection improvements project will reduce pedestrian crossing distances, provide ADA accessible crossings/curb ramps and slow motor vehicle traffic down in order to provide a convenient bicycle route on a secondary street (9th Street South) parallel to Columbia Pike. This is a safer, more comfortable alternative than biking along Columbia Pike. The improvements also include the construction of seven new driveway aprons and the widening of the sidewalk in the southwest corner of the 9th Street South/South Wayne Street intersection, where a new Capital Bikeshare station will be installed upon completion of the project.
- The design for the intersection of Walter Reed Drive at 12th Street South is complete (see image gallery to the right). Construction bid documents are being prepared to advertise the project for construction. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017.
- The Walter Reed Drive at 12th Street South project will construct curb extensions, ADA curb ramps and enhanced crosswalks at the S. Walter Reed Dr./12th St. S. intersection in order to improve pedestrian safety. The project will re-construct the three raised medians along S. Walter Reed Dr. between 13th Street South and 11th Street South and plant eight new street trees.
- The Walter Reed Drive project (at 12th Street South) will also adjust the signage and pavement markings along 12th Street South and 11th Street South, relocating the existing bike boulevard from 12th Street South to 11th Street South between South Highland Street and South Cleveland Street. Additionally, the project will stripe a contra-flow westbound bike lane along the one-way eastbound section of 11th Street South between Walter Reed Drive and South Edgewood Street.
- A pedestrian push button will be installed in the northeast quadrant of the Walter Reed Drive/11th Street South intersection at the end of the Walter Reed Drive and 12th Street South intersection improvements project to allow cyclists traveling westbound (along 11th Street South) to place a call into the traffic signal for a walk signal to cross the intersection.
- County traffic engineering staff is currently exploring the feasibility of installing a contra-flow eastbound bike lane along the section of 9th Street South between South Ivy Street and South Irving Street.
- The HAWK beacon at the intersection of South George Mason Drive and 13th Street South was completed in November 2015.
- Improvements to the intersection of South Quincy Street at 12th Street South were completed in October 2014 (photos below).
- Improvements to the intersection of South George Mason Drive at 13th Street were completed in September 2014 (photos below).
- A rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) and crosswalk were installed without turn restrictions at the South Glebe Road and 9th Street South intersection in May 2014.
- The traffic analysis for the four proposed HAWK locations was completed in April 2014.
- Signs and pavement markings were installed along 12th Street South and 9th Street South in September 2013.
About the Project
Due to limited space, traffic volume and transit operations, Columbia Pike cannot accommodate extensive biking facilities; therefore, convenient routes on parallel secondary streets are a safer, more practical alternative. Bike boulevards are:
- Located on low-volume and low-speed streets (25 MPH)
- Logical, direct and continuous routes
- Marked with clear signage and street markings
- Provide convenient access to desired destinations
- Comfortable and safe crossings for bikers and pedestrians at intersections
The proposed projects should significantly improve pedestrian safety at four challenging intersections, including people walking to and from Randolph Elementary School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Columbia Pike Library, Arlington Career Center, and Arlington Transit (ART) and Metrobus stops.
- Enhanced on‐street route, some new street and trail links
- Improvements to street alignment
- New signage, pavement markings and crosswalks
The following intersection won't be included in this project as noted in previous plans:
- The intersection at Ninth Street South and South Walter Reed Drive will be improved as part of a separate project and will also install a traffic signal at this intersection.
Additional updates to the original concept plans:
- 9th Street South (between South Ivy Street and South Irving Street) currently has sharrows going westbound, while eastbound bikers use the interim route of South Ivy Street to 7th Street South to South Irving Street. Staff is exploring the feasibility of installing a contra-flow eastbound bike lane along the section of 9th Street South between South Ivy Street and South Irving Street.
- From South Highland Street to South Cleveland Street, the bike boulevards are moving from 12th Street South to 11th Street South. This will allow for the use of the 11th Street South and South Walter Reed Drive intersection, which is signalized. The 12th Street South at South Walter Reed Drive intersection won't have a HAWK beacon or turn restrictions, but will still be improved for safer crossings.
Initial community meetings were held with adjacent civic associations in summer 2012.
Additional community meetings were held in spring 2014 with the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Columbia Heights Executive Committee, and the Penrose, Alcova Heights, Arlington Heights, and Douglas Park civic associations.
The $1 million project is funded through local funds as part of the Columbia Pike Complete Streets Program.