Sometimes there are unique safety problems or issues that traditional transportation engineering tools or policies cannot solve. In these cases, Arlington’s transportation team must think outside the box to develop and test new, context-appropriate solutions. When we apply a new method for the first time, it is considered as a “pilot project.”
Arlington County staff apply pilot projects when a safety need arises in:
- A location where traditional methods have proven ineffective once implemented.
- A location with unique roadway or pathway configurations where traditional measures would not address the safety issue.
- A location where there is no precedent method to improve safety.
- A location were traditional methods are too costly to implement given available funding sources.
Pilot projects require approval from Transportation Staff Leadership and entail at least a six-months timeframe for monitoring conditions/user behavior once in place.