Military Road at Nelly Custis Drive, Marcey Road and Gulf Branch trail/36th Road North
Design development continues for Nelly Custis Drive intersection improvements. A preferred design is pending results of a pilot project.
On July 18, 2020, the County Board approved a contract with M&F Concrete Inc. to construct improvements at the Military Road intersections with Marcey Road and 36th Road North. Construction at these two intersections was completed in December 2020.
About the Project
The Military Road Safety Improvements Project will implement safety improvements at three intersections on Military Road: at Nelly Custis Drive, at Marcey Road, and at 36th Road North. These intersections were identified in a 2004 Arterial Transportation Management Study that suggested several recommendations to improve safety for all modes of transportation in the Military Road corridor.
Military Road and Nelly Custis Drive intersection
Safety improvements will focus on:
- Driver yield rates
- Shortening crossing distances for people walking through the intersection
- Providing predictable turning movements
- Reducing vehicle speeding
This intersection is identified in the Vision Zero action plan as a location where improvements can be made to facilitate and increase safety for pedestrian and bicycle movements. Two applications are being considered to improve safety at this intersection: installation of a roundabout or signalization of the intersection.
In accordance with Vision Zero principles, a pilot project will be installed to quickly and inexpensively implement the roundabout option in order to test its performance and effectiveness and compare this to the signalization concept. Observations and data collected from the pilot installation will assist in selecting the preferred solution that will be implemented as part of this project.
Military Road and Marcey Road intersection
Safety improvements included upgrading all handicap ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and installing a curb extension on the southeast corner to improve a bus stop. This work was completed in December 2020.
Military Road and 36th Road North intersection
Safety improvements included eliminating the mid-block crosswalk and building a median pedestrian refuge with a high visibility crosswalk and ADA-compliant ramps. The sidewalk and bench at the bus stop also were improved. This work was completed in December 2020.
Military Road vehicle volumes
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Military Road current posted speed limit: 30 MPH
Information about roundabouts
- Military-Nelly Custis Roundabout Review
- VDOT Roundabout Design Guidance
- Modern Roundabouts Livability Fact Sheet
- Roundabouts in Virginia
A virtual community meeting was held on June 10, 2021 using Microsoft TEAMS Live. Attendees heard about completed construction along Military Road at Marcey Road and 36th Street North, and learned about the feedback received and studies performed for pilot safety treatments to the intersection of Military Road and Nelly Custis Drive. Staff gave a short presentation on the project, which was followed by a question and answer session.
A community meeting was held on Sept. 27, 2017, at Taylor Elementary School, with participation from members of seven surrounding civic associations.
Following the public meeting in September 2017, the community was asked for feedback on design concepts for the three intersections. The comment period was open from October through November 2017:
- The majority of responses supported changes at all three intersections to increase safety for all modes – view a summary of the feedback
- Some respondents provided comments in addition to answering the feedback questions; the comments included support for and opposition to the design alternatives.
Project cost will be shared between Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).