North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North and 14th Street North, in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood
These intersections were selected for improvement because they feature an alignment that sends pedestrians into the center of the intersection in order for them to cross North Buchanan Street and enter Woodlawn Park. Additionally, 14th Street North is an existing bike route.
The final design, which incorporates public feedback, is as follows:
- North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North - Final design
- North Buchanan Street at 14th Street North - Final design
This design was implemented in summer 2019 (see photos in the Image Gallery). The changes will be monitored during the next year.
About the Project
The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) Program asked residents to tell the County where improvements are needed on our neighborhood streets. In spring 2017 we received more than 360 applications for safety improvements, which resulted in a list of 169 eligible potential projects.
Staff began the process of scoring projects based on criteria approved by the Arlington County Board. The demand for improvements to neighborhood streets exceeds our ability to analyze all the submissions with traffic studies to confirm speeding and quantify the volume of vehicle traffic in each of the 169 locations. Collection of traffic data is ongoing, but will take some time before we have a complete scored and ranked list of projects.
In the interest of providing needed safety enhancements on Arlington’s neighborhood streets, the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission selected three pilot projects:
- North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North and 14th Street North (Waycroft Woodlawn)
- 6th Street North at Edison Street North and Emerson Street North (Bluemont)
- 6th Street South at South Adams Street (Penrose)
All three projects involve improvements to problem intersections (where vehicle crashes have happened) in locations with bicycle or transit routes and other pedestrian generators nearby. These projects were ranked high on the NCS project list based on available data. Limitations to scope, schedule and budget were considerations in the selection of these three pilot projects, as we continue to evaluate the full list of submitted problem street locations.
In June 2018 an online comment form was available for residents to provide input on the design options. The comment period ended June 29.
A representative from the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission attended the Waycroft Woodlawn Civic Association’s June Executive Board meeting, and County staff also took comments on the design options at our “Pop-Up” engagement opportunities at the Woodlawn Park entrance on June 23 and June 25, 2018. The following design options were presented during that period of public engagement:
- North Buchanan Street at 13th Street North options
- North Buchanan Street at 14th Street North options
County staff and the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission encourage ongoing feedback about the changes once they are implemented.
The 2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) dedicated funding for these improvements through the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program.