ALEXANDRIA, VA — A portion of Commonwealth Avenue in the Rosemont area is scheduled to be repaved in 2021, and the city is seeking feedback on improvements that could go along with it.
The city’s Transportation & Environmental Services Department presented draft design plans for the Commonwealth Avenue Complete Streets Project with improvements aimed at better accommodating all roadway users. The improvements would apply on portions of the road between Braddock Road and King Street.
A draft map of the potential improvements shows new high visibility pedestrian crossings are being considered at various intersections along Commonwealth Avenue, as well as traffic-calming measures. Another improvement shown in the design plans is the replacement of curb ramps with ADA-compliant ones. Residents can view the draft design proposal with detailed images of different intersections.
According to a Sept. 28 virtual presentation on the project, staff decided not to move forward with the extension of the bike lane between Oak Street and Braddock Road. The bike lane extension would require the removal of parking space.
Public feedback in spring 2019 helped inform the draft design plan. A survey with 141 responses offered insight into community concerns such as people driving too fast, difficulty crossing the street, people not stopping at stop signs or yielding to pedestrians, difficulty seeing because or poor or blocked views at the intersection, traffic queuing from the King Street intersection, pedestrians and bicyclists not obeying traffic laws and more.
The top desired change was adding or upgrading crosswalks, followed by an “other” option with suggestions like improving visibility, installing more four-way stops, extending the bike lake, and more. The third most desired option was adding or improving bicycle facilities.
With the release of the draft design plans, a new public feedback form on the design plan is open through Oct. 15. In November and December, staff will modify plans based on public feedback, and final plans would be shared in early 2021. The project is expected to be implemented in spring 2021.