|Join Us! April 6 Community Open House, 5-7 p.m. at Ashlawn Elementary School Library; Drop in to view the final plans for additional short-term improvements to Wilson Blvd. that are coming this year. Meeting Flyer|
Wilson Boulevard between North Glebe Road and North McKinley Road.
Status of Additional Short-Term Improvements:
- In Fall 2016, additional "short-term improvements" along the western section of Wilson Boulevard were proposed and presented to the Bluemont, Boulevard Manor and Dominion Hills Civic Associations for their consideration. The proposed improvements would enhance pedestrian crossings and improve transitions from 4 to 3 lanes at both the east and west ends of the project.
- On April 6, 2017, County staff will host a Community Open House at Ashlawn Elementary School to share the updated plan for the "short-term improvements" and describe how community feedback is incorporated. The short-term improvements will be installed in 2017.
Status of Long-Term Transportation Study
- As a separate project, a transportation study to create a long-term vision for the physical configuration of Wilson Boulevard between Glebe Road and the County line is planned to be funded in 2017. In concept, the long-term study will:
- Collect additional performance data, both on Wilson Boulevard and on adjacent neighborhood streets,
- Seek community involvement to identify physical changes to the roadway which may include permanent implementation of the "short-term improvements" and other larger modifications.
- Future funding will be sought to implement permanent street modification as identified in the community vision and study.
Background on the Reconfiguration Demonstration
2015 - Year 1 of the demonstration project was implemented in the spring of 2015 based on the recommendations made in the County’s 2004 Arterial Transportation Management Study. In May 2015, the section between N. Frederick and N. Manchester Streets was restriped from four to three lanes with the addition of bicycle lanes. The goals of the reconfiguration were to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety, to better accommodate all road users along this section of Wilson Boulevard. Staff began monitoring the reconfiguration and collected data on traffic flow and safety into year two.
Project specifics included:
- Repaving and restriping from four lanes to three lanes
- Providing a center left turn lane throughout
- Addition of bike lanes on both sides
- Bus stop consolidations
- Expanding travel options for all users
- Decreasing vehicle travel lane width to allow for shorter pedestrian crossings
- Improving pedestrian safety with bike lane buffer between sidewalk and vehicle travel lane
- Improving speed limit compliance
2016 - In Year Two of the demonstration project, County staff monitored the reconfiguration further to determine whether a complete streets project — currently unfunded — is viable along the entire section of Wilson Boulevard, west of North Glebe Road, and whether additional "short-term improvements" are needed. After completion of the first year, traffic counts and crash records were reviewed and a recommendation was made to continue the 3-lane section while looking for pedestrian crossing improvements and an extension for the section immediately west of N. Manchester Street. Improvements to signage and markings for the transitions from 4 to 3 lanes at either end were also recommended.
Meetings with nearby residents (through civic associations) were held to get feedback on a proposed plan for additional "short-term improvements".
2017 - In Year Three, the County will host a Community Open House on April 6th at Ashlawn Elementary School, to share an update on the plan for short-term improvements that will be installed later in the year.
Additionally, staff in the Transportation Planning Bureau, the Neighborhood Conservation Program, residents in the Bluemont Civic Association area, as well as other local community members will work to finalize a scope of work for the "long-term transportation study" of the corridor.
Public Process for the Demonstration Project
UPDATE: A Community Open House (drop in) will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 5-7 p.m. at Ashlawn Elementary School, to share an update on the plan for additional short-term improvements that will be installed in 2017.
- Community meetings with neighborhood stakeholders on additional short-term improvements took place in the Fall of 2016.
- A community notification meeting took place in March 2015.
- An open house community meeting took place in November 2014.
- County staff held meetings with key neighborhood stakeholders from Bluemont, Dominion Hills and Boulevard Manor in July 2014.
|April 6, 2017||Ashlawn Elementary School - Library||
|Civic Association Meetings: Bluemont, Dominion Hills, and Boulevard Manor|
|April 14, 2016||Arlington Traditional School|
|March 9, 2015||Arlington Traditional School|
|Nov. 20, 2014||Arlington Traditional School|
- There were no net costs to the County for the demonstration project, which was implemented as part of the ongoing Repaving and Restriping Program.
- The modifications to be made with the "short-term improvements" will be funded through the County's on-going Repaving and Restriping Program.
- The planned "long-term study" is proposed to be funded with a combination of funds from the County's Neighborhood Conservation Program and the Capital Improvement Program.
- Street modifications identified in the "long-term study" will be considered for funding in upcoming Capital Improvement Programs to be presented to the Arlington County Board for approval. Funding for significant physical changes to Wilson Blvd. are not available at this time.