Last update 1/30/03
will continue to cross all along the Route #1 corridor between Alexandria
and the Fairfax Parkway to visit, shop, catch a bus, go to the Post Office
or the Governmental Center, etc under different weather conditions and at
all times of the day.
Barriers, lights and crosswalks will not restrict this human
activity to selected areas.
Humans will take the shortest path to cross from point “A” to
point “B”, as long as they feel they can make it safely across the
They may walk or run to accomplish this feat.
Many times they misjudge the speed of oncoming vehicles or fail to
see a vehicle and become another Route #1 injury or fatality statistic.
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 Belvoir.
Through communications with the VDOT determine the minimum acceptable lane
width for roads where the traffic limit is 45 MPH.
Determine the current lane width of Route #1 from Alexandria to the
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 “Caution - Pedestrian
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 funded.
Source: Safecrossing Advocate Bob Barry
[Wed March 20, 2002]
The 45 mph speed limit is appears excessive in the densely
section of the subject corridor.
All sections of the highway where housing and business establishments
exist, should have a median area Concrete is preferred but a painted
median is better then having pedestrians stranded on a double yellow
Route 1 traffic lanes should be the minimum width allowed for the speed
limit. The recovered width should be applied to the median area of
the road. Traffic calming is an expected secondary benefit.
Structured 'Traffic Islands' (protected refuge) should be applied
at all crosswalks where there is not an existing concrete median. At many locations the installation of traffic islands would result
in travel lanes with a tight curve. Considering the high speed of
traffic on Route 1, inattentive drivers may swerve at the last minute.
To mitigate this problem, where no concrete median exists at points
along Route 1, a sufficiently long wide painted median should be
Crosswalks at busy intersections should be offset from the intersection.
Many pedestrians find that crosswalks immediately adjacent to
turning traffic are not safe. They want the extra safety provided by
crosswalks off-set from
the intersection or midway between the intersection. Where the above
is not possible, 'No
turn on red signs when pedestrians are present' should be installed
Large Bright "Yield to Pedestrians" should be numerously
placed in the median along the length of the subject portion of Route 1.
Alternately, large illuminated signboards should be randomly placed to remind
drivers of pedestrian rights.
Lighting along length of subject highway segment should be brought
up to code. Of particular concern are at
intersections and areas where pedestrians are forced to walk adjacent
to the road. At a minimum lighting should be added at
Where 'guard rails' exist they should be between traffic lanes and the
Crosswalks should be painted at all 4 road crossing at an intersection.
Countdown pedestrian indicators
dirt paths immediately adjacent to travel lanes with paved sidewalks
properly offset from the travel lanes or with a barrier between road
dirt paths with sidewalks built to current safety specification.
SPECIFIC LOCATIONS OF CONCERN
Note (1) Unless otherwise stated, all location information relates to
intersections with U.S. Route 1
Note (2) Safecrossing' considers many of these recommendations to be
interim. Any study efforts should be applied to long-term solutions
that will correct deficiencies in these interim
Location - Woodland Terrace Area !!NEED STREET
Problem - Crosswalks in all directions with not traffic signals
(1) Traffic Islands after turn lanes (see photo)
Location - Fairfax Annex in the center of Ft Belvoir
Problem - No safe bicycle or pedestrian transit between SR
613|Backlick Rd and Route 235|Mt Vernon Highway. (See
Location - Route 1 bridge crossing at Dogue Creek
(between Route 235 and
Problem - Bridge has no shoulders; this forces Bike/Peds into traffic lane
(1) Widen bridge
(2) Non-connected multi-use trail bridge on both sides of highway
Location - Sacramento Drive and Coopers Road
(Pear Tree SC)
Problem - Pedestrian crosswalk light in vicinity focuses on Cooper Road
which comprises the off-set intersection with Sacramento. Pedestrians
attempting to cross at Sacramento to reach the MacDonald Restaurant cannot
see the Cooper crossing light, are confused with the existing complicated
traffic light cycle and thereby are clueless as to when they can cross
safely. cuts off
and strands people in the middle of
(1) Protected Refuge and crosswalks for side streets
Location - Lukens Lane (Engleside SC)
Problem - Traffic from Subject Road turning South on Route 1 cuts off
and strands people in the middle of Route1
Location - Sky View Drive
Problem - High accident count ?
Location - Radford Avenue
Problem - Traffic Light visible at Radford does not pertain to that
street; it pertains to the intersection of Richmond Highway with Buckman
Road (South) and the Potomac Square Shopping Center. When traffic
light for Richmond Highway turns red and thus visible at Radford, the
light may still be green facing North (when no vehicles are exiting the
Potomac Square Shopping Center). Pedestrians at Radford and Mike's
Restaurant who think it is safe to cross on red can thereby be badly
misinformed (similarly as drivers, unfamiliar with intersection, do
not realize that the traffic light does not pertain to them as they face
South awaiting to turn into Radford).
Location - South County Government Center (SCGC)
(8300 Richmond Highway)
Problem - HAS BEEN SOLVED
Location - Janna Lee Avenue
Problem - Unsafe Crossing of wide section of Route1
Location - north of Janna Lee Avenue - west side of Route 1
(North of Taco Lucos)
Problem - Loss of Shoulder requires ped transit at edge of
Location - SR 235|Mount Vernon Hwy entering Route 1
Problem (1) - Coming toward Route 1 Peds on North side are forced by guard-rail
to walk dirt path immediately adjacent to travel lane.
Problem (2) - Existing Trail is segmented and shifts sides. Ped's
avoid dangerous multiple crossings of busy SR235
Location - Ladson Lane (by Multiplex Theaters)
Problem - Turning traffic cuts off peds in crosswalk
Location - Lockheed Blvd Need
Problem and Solution definition from Dana Kaufman
Location - North Kings Highway
Problem - Access to the Bus Stop is difficult
(1) Relocate to ???
Location - South Kings Highway
Problem - difficult to cross
Solution - Add a Pedestrian signal
Location - New Post Office mid-way between Lukens Lane and Frye Road
Problem - Significant number of pedestrians will attempt to cross
Richmond Highway to reach the new Post Office, in view of the existing
rental apartments and projected residential units opposite the Post
Office, on the east side of Richmond Highway.
Location - Frye Road What
caused the 18 March pedestrian death ?
Problem - No crosswalk to bus stop for the high density housing
north of Frye Road.