County staff are currently developing 30% design plans, which will be informed by public comment collected in the concept design phase. Once complete, the updated designs will then be shared with all project stakeholders for additional public comment.
About the Project
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.
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
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.