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    Default Making Seminary Road in Alexandria better

    The City of Alexandria has put up a web survey soliciting feedback on the upcoming street repavings. One major one coming up in FY 2019 is the repaving of Seminary Road from I395 to Quaker Lane. This is your chance to suggest how the City could make it safer for pedestrians, people on bikes, and motorists.

    Here is a link to the survey form (it is for all the repavings, though this post is specifically to remind folks to respond wrt to Seminary) (note, the survey closes on May 4th)

    https://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/C...treetsRepaving

    Feel free of course to give your own ideas. However BPAC working with community members, has come up with some suggested responses and ideas, which follow:

    Survey suggestions for Seminary Road:

    For Question #6, please consider checking these three issues:

    - People drive too fast on my street [85th percentile speeds are 36-38 mph with 25 mph speed limits]

    - It is hard to cross at intersections without a stop sign or traffic signal

    - It is difficult to bike on my street

    For Question #7, consider including

    Add new or upgrade existing crosswalks
    Improve access to bus stops
    Add or improve bicycle facilities
    For Comments, consider including the following:

    - Re-engineer Seminary Road to achieve vehicle speeds of 25 mph or less

    - Change the school speed limit in front of FCH Middle school to 15 mph (it is currently 25 mph)

    - The section of Seminary Road from I395 to Pickett Street is UNSAFE - right in front of the FCH Middle School. Make this area safe for people to cross the street to get to school and access bus stops.

    - Eliminate the slip lane from N. Howard Street to Seminary Road for pedestrian safety

    - Move the west-bound bus stop at N. Howard Street closer to the intersection so people can more directly cross Seminary Road in a crosswalk.

    - Add Bike lanes on Seminary Road, not just for people who bike, but for calming traffic and making it safer and more pleasant to walk along and across Seminary Road.

    - Provide crossing safety improvements such as pedestrian refuge islands where needed, for example across Seminary Road at Fort Williams Parkway to enable safe crossing access to both the Post Office and the bus stop on the north side of Seminary Road.

    - Make the intersection at N. Quaker Lane and Seminary Road safe for school children west of N. Quaker Lane to walk and bike to Douglas MacArthur and/or Bishop Ireton Schools.

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    Default Seminary Road Complete Streets Open House - May 29

    The City of Alexandria will be hosting an open house to discuss the complete streets project for Seminary Road and to solicit feedback from the community regarding their concerns. The open house will be on May 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road.

    Information about the Seminary Road Complete Streets project can be found here.

    From the project page.
    Seminary Road is a key corridor in the City of Alexandria’s transportation network, and is scheduled for repaving in the near future. The City's Complete Streets Policy highlights that staff should use repaving as an opportunity to consider and incorporate changes to enhance the safety and convenience of all users. The Seminary Road Complete Streets project will work with the community and stakeholders to determine roadway improvements for Seminary Road, from Quaker Lane to Kenmore Avenue, and at North Howard Street, where staff was awarded grant funding to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
    If you live or work in Alexandria or use the streets, you are encouraged to come to the meeting to ensure that your views are heard.

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    TLDR: take the Seminary Road Survey and support option 3 for a safer Seminary Road for all users: https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-SeminaryProject

    Vehicle speeds on Seminary Road are unsafe; 22 motor vehicles have crashed here in just the last three years. Additionally, there is no buffer between people on sidewalks and high speed traffic, and there are too few safe crossings. If you have ever driven, walked or bikes on Seminary Road you already know how stressful and dangerous it is no matter what mode you use.

    Alexandria Transportation staff is evaluating options for Seminary Road east of N. Howard Street. I support Alternative 3 because it will reduce excessive vehicle speeds and provide safe pedestrian crossings, without causing congestion.

    Would you Take the Survey (https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-SeminaryProject) and support Alternative 3 for Seminary Road east of N. Howard Street? Alternative 3 will protect people who walk, bike or drive, and just make a safer and more livable corridor for everyone. It is the best option to make Seminary Road a safe corridor for all road users and will not add to congestion. The survey closes April 10th.

    https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-SeminaryProject

    More information below:

    City staff unveiled and explained alternatives for Seminary Road east of N. Howard Street on March 25th. Alternative 3 offers a configuration that will reduce excessive vehicle speeds and provide safe pedestrian crossings, without adding to congestion.

    Alternative 3 improves Safety for Everyone

    Vehicle speeds have remained high in spite of enforcement, with police making 945 traffic stops in 2018 along this corridor. Alternative 3 includes

    · Narrower travel lanes to discourage speeding.

    · Center turn lane for turning vehicles to maintain steady and safe traffic flow.

    · Signal timing adjustments to maintain corridor travel times similar or better than existing conditions.

    Review the Plans and Weigh In
    Alternative 3 provides safe accommodations for all, while not adding to congestion. Go HERE for more information and Take the Survey. (The survey closes April 10th.)

    https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-SeminaryProject


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    Wednesday, April 10th is the last day to take the Seminary Road Survey. If you haven’t taken it yet please do and support Option 3.

    https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-SeminaryProject


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    Things are getting heated on the GGWash post. Lots of locals weighing in against it - it would be great to have some counterbalance from members of this forum

    https://ggwash.org/view/71656/semina...ng-and-walking

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    Though the Seminary Road survey has closed, there is one more chance to be heard on the redesign. While nearly 500 survey respondents supported Alternative 3, 684 supported Alternative 1 with no bike lanes. That alternative should properly be labeled "Do Nothing." It is important to let the Alexandria mayor and city council members know if you support the best solution for cyclists, pedestrians and yes, even drivers - Alternative 3. You can send a note using this Alexandria Call.Click.Connect link: http://bit.ly/MayorandCouncil which directs your comments to the mayor, vice mayor and city council members. A personal note is best (I noted I have been a cycling Alexandria resident for over 40 years) and the two paragraphs below may be included and modified as desired.

    By adopting a Complete Streets Policy in 2011, the City of Alexandria directed transportation planners to design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. The section of Seminary Road east of Howard Street is ideally suited for the FHWA’s proven approach, a four-to-three road diet, since this section of roadway has excess capacity: motor vehicle traffic is already constrained to one lane in each direction at entrances to the project area, enabling installation of safety features such as center left-turn lanes, pedestrian refuge islands and buffer space/bike lanes without adding to congestion.

    Transportation planners know that a properly engineered four-to-three road diet is the right solution for roads like this section of Seminary Road. It worked well on King Street and will work well on Seminary Road. Ask City Staff to select a solution with center left turn lanes, pedestrian refuge islands (so we only have to cross one lane at a time) and bike lanes. Please apply city policies and Federal Highway guidelines to make Seminary Road safe for everyone as soon as possible!


    I submitted my comments today. Reach out this week if you want to be heard before the final decision is made.

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    I did the same last week via Call.Click.Connect, but heard that the more personal the better, so on the way home I also delivered a hand-written letter to the mayor's office supporting alternative 3. It was easy and I hope others can do the same.

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    Please sign the WABA petition asking Alexandria to implement its Complete Streets policy on Seminary Road and implement a Road Diet. The Road Diet will improve walking on Seminary Road by providing shorter crossing distances and refuge spaces. It will also make biking better by installing a buffered bike lane. Seminary Road is plagued by excessive speeds which makes it unsafe for all road users.

    It will take about 20 seconds of your time.

    https://www.waba.org/blog/2019/05/dr...hBvvrIAxXUmS8E

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Please sign the WABA petition asking Alexandria to implement its Complete Streets policy on Seminary Road and implement a Road Diet. The Road Diet will improve walking on Seminary Road by providing shorter crossing distances and refuge spaces. It will also make biking better by installing a buffered bike lane. Seminary Road is plagued by excessive speeds which makes it unsafe for all road users.

    It will take about 20 seconds of your time.

    https://www.waba.org/blog/2019/05/dr...hBvvrIAxXUmS8E
    Did this and tried to rope in all my FB family & friends. One friend lives in the west end, has a bike and doesn't ride it because there is no good, safe way to get to the east end of Alexandria. He signed the WABA petition and then emailed the mayor and city council with his concerns. I need to buy him a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    Did this and tried to rope in all my FB family & friends. One friend lives in the west end, has a bike and doesn't ride it because there is no good, safe way to get to the east end of Alexandria. He signed the WABA petition and then emailed the mayor and city council with his concerns. I need to buy him a beer.
    Second beer is on me.


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