Likes Likes:  4
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
ELITE ELITE:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Wilkes Street Bikeway Update

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    110
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Wilkes Street Bikeway Update

    Noticing that the project was listed as "Active Construction", and being skeptical, I contacted the point-of-contact for the project. His response:


    Good afternoon. Thank you for your inquiry regarding this project. We are in the early stages of the construction process. I will be meeting with the contractor within the next few days to discuss their construction schedule and when they will physically start construction.

    Thank you,

    Christopher Balallo, P.E.
    Civil Engineer III
    City of Alexandria
    Department of Project Implementation
    703.746.4632 (direct)
    www.alexandriava.gov

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    110
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Plans have been posted to Alexandria's LocalMotion webpage:

    http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFile...es%20Plans.pdf

    Looks like some basic intersection improvements along the way. Unfortunately the project doesn't include widening the path between Alfred and Patrick, which is the narrowest part of the bikeway. Iideally they'd match the width of the path between Alfred and Columbus.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8007.../data=!3m1!1e3

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    883
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Fairlington124 View Post
    Plans have been posted to Alexandria's LocalMotion webpage:

    http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFile...es%20Plans.pdf

    Looks like some basic intersection improvements along the way. Unfortunately the project doesn't include widening the path between Alfred and Patrick, which is the narrowest part of the bikeway. Iideally they'd match the width of the path between Alfred and Columbus.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8007.../data=!3m1!1e3
    If you look at drawings SM2 and SM3 (pages 14 and 15), you will see a note - "proposed trail widening by others". My understanding is this part of the Wilkes Street Bikeway is on private property, so the city is planning to do that work, instead of having the contractor handle it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Wilkes Street 2.JPG 
Views:	125 
Size:	25.7 KB 
ID:	10102   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Wilkes Street.JPG 
Views:	127 
Size:	27.2 KB 
ID:	10101  
    Last edited by CaseyKane50; 11-17-2015 at 04:25 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    196
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The proposal for the crossing of Route 1 is a classic 'get everyone out of the way of the cars' tactic and doesn't take into account how people behave. It's pretty disappointing in that respect.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    56
    Post Thanks / Like

    Angry

    Quote Originally Posted by scorchedearth View Post
    The proposal for the crossing of Route 1 is a classic 'get everyone out of the way of the cars' tactic and doesn't take into account how people behave. It's pretty disappointing in that respect.

    Yes that is disappointing. The original discussion was to allow bikes going west to cross the intersection on the diagonal and be on the proper side of the road to continue traveling up Wilkes. Instead Alexandria will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the project and the bike community will have business as usual, a less than safe intersection.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Arlington
    Posts
    692
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I agree: the Route 1 crossing is a poor design. There will be conflicts between eastbound cyclists using the road and westbound cyclists who choose the crosswalk. Also there will be conflicts with left-turning drivers (from Wilkes onto northbound 1) who might not expect to see westbound cyclists taking the diagonal.

    How much more would it cost to do this correctly?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    110
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    From an e-mail I got today:

    Good afternoon. Iíve met with the contractor and he has informed me that they will begin the Alfred Street curb ramp installation on Monday, November 23.

    Thank you,

    Christopher Balallo, P.E.
    Civil Engineer III
    City of Alexandria
    Department of Project Implementation
    703.746.4632 (direct)
    www.alexandriava.gov

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    56
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I rode through the Wilkes and Patrick St intersection again today thinking about this project. In the entire Wilkes St bike way this is the most dangerous intersection, and no significant changes are being made to improve bike or ped safety. That needs to be changed.

    One solution might be to put a 10 second leading pedestrian interval on the signal allowing bikes and peds to clear the intersection before motor vehicles on Wilkes are given a green light. This would allow bikes to clear the intersection without cars interfering and allow pedestrians to cross at least half way before motor vehicles from Wilkes St enter the intersection.

    Without a change to the proposed design the intersection will not meet the spirit of the Complete Streets or Vision Zero initiatives in Alexandria.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    883
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Demolition on the sidewalks and curb cutouts is underway. Access to the Wilkes Street path was blocked at South Alfred Street and at South Columbus Street this morning.


    South Alfred Street
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	111 
Size:	19.5 KB 
ID:	10131

    South Columbus Street
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	108 
Size:	18.7 KB 
ID:	10132

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Now mostly Manhattan (NYC) with time in Dominion Hills
    Posts
    5,965
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Are there ant detour routing signs?

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •