Military Road at Nelly Custis Drive, Marcey Road and Gulf Branch trail/36th Road North
Planning continues for Nelly Custis Drive intersection improvements.
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
Military Road is a corridor included in the 2004 Arterial Transportation Management Study. The study suggested several recommendations to improve safety for all modes of transportation in this corridor.
Arlington County continues to make safety improvements at intersections with a high number of collisions, pedestrian crossings and transit boardings/exits. The proposed improvements at the intersections on Military Road (at Nelly Custis Drive, Marcey Road and 36th Road North) will improve safety for all users.
- At Military Road and Marcey Road: 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.
- At Military Road and 36th Road North: The midblock crosswalk was eliminated. Safety improvements included building a median pedestrian refuge with a high visibility crosswalk and ADA-compliant ramps. The sidewalk and bench in the bus stop area also were improved.
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).