The Bluemont Junction Trail traverses the Bluemont neighborhood, connecting the Ballston area with the Washington and Old Dominion trail at Bluemont Park.
This project addresses safety and accessibility concerns where the trail intersects with the street network at N Kensington Street, N Edison Street, and N Buchanan Street.
This project was identified as necessary to improve safety and accessibility at intersections where the trail and the street network meet. It will benefit people walking, biking, accessing transit, and driving.
30% Design Plans
County staff are meeting with residents and trail users in the winter of 2019/2020 to share next steps and design considerations for each of the three intersections included in the project. This will include a presentation to the Bluemont Civic Association in December 2019 and an online feedback form. Once collected, this additional feedback will inform the 30% project plans. These will then be shared with all project stakeholders.
About the Project
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
As the project moves to 30% design plans, County staff are reviewing the feasibility of raised trail crossings at each of the three intersections, while being mindful of drainage and underground utility considerations.
The suitability of additional traffic control signage will also be considered at each intersection.
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 (BCA). Additional comments were solicited from the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC).
The following engagement activities have taken place:
- A walking meeting and follow-up presentation to the BCA in Spring and Summer of 2017
- A presentation of concept design plans to the BCA in Spring 2018
- Inclusion in staff communications about projects in process to both the PAC and BAC in Summer of 2017.
Staff are currently seeking input from the general public to inform the 30% design plans. Please complete the feedback form to provide your input. The form is open until 1/18/2020.
This project is funded through the Capital Improvements Plan, using funds designated for pedestrian safety improvements.