Washington Boulevard (VA 237) - Westover to East Falls Church - between McKinley Road and Lee Highway (US 29).
The County is working with VDOT to determine the project timeline.
The project is focused on enhancing bicycle access and pedestrian safety along the Washington Boulevard corridor between Sycamore Street (at East Falls Metro) and Westover. The objective is to maximize bicycle access and pedestrian safety, while minimizing potential impacts in the area, including the loss of some on-street parking.
About the Project
The stretch of Washington Boulevard between Westover and East Falls Church is a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) owned and operated roadway. The County is developing the striping and marking plan and VDOT will execute the work. Currently the road consists of two, wide travel lanes and on-street parking through much of the corridor.
The most significant feature of the proposed layout is the introduction of bike lanes in both directions; some stretches getting an additional 2' or 3' buffer against moving traffic. The 2011 East Falls Church Area Plan calls for bike lanes along the entire stretch of Washington Boulevard through the master plan area. The 2008 Bicycle Element of the Master Transportation Plan (MTP) also calls for bike lanes in the same area.
The proposed striping plan could provide a number of positive benefits:
- Help stitch together the expanding Capital Bikeshare system (a new station was installed at the East Falls Church metro station in 2016 and two new stations will be installed in Westover in 2017 and 2018).
- Connect to existing bike lanes on Washington Boulevard between Westover and Lacy Woods Park.
- Create nearly a two-mile stretch of bike lanes from Sycamore St. to George Mason Dr.
Additional features and benefits:
- Narrow unnecessary wide travel lanes to help calm traffic.
- Install a dedicated left turn lane for westbound Washington Boulevard at N. Ohio Street to help reduce backups.
- Sidewalks will be more comfortable for walking due to buffering provided by the new bike lanes.
- Pedestrian safety improvements at key intersections with highly visible markings for crosswalks (pending VDOT approval). Center line "Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk" signs may also be installed.
About the Process
The project is focused on enhancing bicycle access and pedestrian safety along the Washington Boulevard corridor between Sycamore Street (at East Falls Metro) and Westover. During this newly scheduled March session, we invite community members to provide ideas and insights on how we achieve the maximum benefits for bicycle access and pedestrian safety, while minimizing potential impacts in the area, including the loss of some on-street parking.
Affected civic associations, residents along Washington Boulevard, representatives of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Westover businesses, Arlington's Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)'s Arlington Action Committee are being directly notified about the project.
Funding for this project is provided entirely through VDOT's roadway maintenance program.