the lane width modification concept instituted on Sherwood Lane to slow
traffic using this road, I recommend the following actions as initial
low-cost fixes, if possible, to help protect pedestrian traffic crossing
Route #1 between Alexandria and the Fairfax Parkway south of Fort
1. Through communications with the VDOT determine the minimum
acceptable lane width for roads where the traffic limit is 45 MPH.
2. Determine the current lane width of Route #1 from Alexandria to
the Fairfax Parkway.
3. Recommend that the VDOT reduce the Route #1 lane width to the
minimum permissible for 45 MPH and use this total road width reduction
value to develop a pedestrian median in the middle of the road (between
yellow double lines that currently divide the north/south bound lanes).
Width of the new median would be equal to the remainder of the
current road total width minus the new minimized road total width
permitted by VDOT. The
pedestrian median should be marked with yellow diagonal lines and each
side of the median would be bordered with the double yellow lines. The
median should also contain multiple vertical, reflective marker signs indicating
- Pedestrian Median.”
4. Develop an estimate of the cost of repainting the Route #1
Corridor as well as the purchase and installation of the Caution signs.
Institute a heavy lobby using the media and local politicians
to sell the planned recommendations to VDOT.
new Pedestrian Medians along the Route #1 Corridor, when coupled with a
local education effort, will provide relatively safe areas for
pedestrians to pause when crossing Route #1. They would be required to consider the traffic only in one
direction while traversing to the median and be able to pause in the
median before considering crossing the remaining half of the road.
This project should greatly benefit Route #1 pedestrian safety
until the planned major VDOT changes to the Route #1 Corridor are