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Mason District 2017 VDOT Repaving: Complete Streets-Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

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Mason District 2017 VDOT Repaving: Complete Streets-Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

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Mason District 2017 VDOT Repaving: Complete Streets-Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, VirginiaCounty of Fairfax, Virginia MASON DISTRICT 2017 VDOT Repaving Complete Streets-Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety Department of Transportation Adam Lind Bicycle Program Coordinator January 31, 2017
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 2 Overview • Why are we here? • What are we asking from the community? • What projects are being proposed? • Where are we in the process? • What are the next steps?
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia VDOT Annual Repaving • VDOT Summer repaving includes several roads in the Mason District. Opportunity to review pavement markings and street design. Proposals are limited to restriping the existing pavement. • Opportunity to provide traffic calming, transportation options, and improve bicycle & pedestrian safety • No additional cost for the County • Want to hear from the community on traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle safety issues in these corridors • Some concerns may be addressed through restriping Additional streets in Mason District being repaved as well, for more information visit www.virginiaroads.org Department of Transportation 3
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia 2017 Draft VDOT Repaving List 1. Hummer Road: Gallows Rd/Annandale Rd to Little River Turnpike 2. Sleepy Hollow Rd: Columbia Pike to Bay Tree Ln 3. Little River Turnpike Service Drives Additional streets in Mason District being repaved as well, for more information visit www.virginiaroads.org Department of Transportation 4
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Past Striping Updates in Mason Department of Transportation 5 2015 2016
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Master Plan – Hummer Rd Department of Transportation 6
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Master Plan – Sleepy Hollow Rd Department of Transportation 7
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Facility Types • Sharrow-Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street, recommend proper bicyclist positioning, and may be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Facility Types • Bike Lane-Bike lanes designate an exclusive space for bicyclists through the use of pavement markings and signage. The bike lane is located adjacent to motor vehicle travel lanes and flows in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Bike lanes are typically on the right side of the street, between the adjacent travel lane and curb, road edge, or parking lane.
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Facility Types • Buffered Bike Lane-Buffered bike lanes are conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Bicycle Facility Types • Climbing Lane-A climbing lane incorporates two different facilities on the same roadway segment • A bike lane is provided in the uphill direction • A sharrow is provided in the downhill direction
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Hummer Rd • From Annandale Rd/Gallows Rd to Little River Turnpike • Bicycle Master Plan calls for bike lanes • Existing Typical Section • Parking on both sides of the street • One travel lane in each direction • Proposal to narrow travel lanes and parking lanes to create space for bike lanes – Implement a Lane Diet • Proposal does not remove parking Department of Transportation 12
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Hummer Rd Department of Transportation 13 Daily Traffic Volume 10,500 (2016) Speed Limit: 35 mph Avg Speed SB: 43 mph Avg Speed NB: 36 mph
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Hummer Rd – Speed Data Department of Transportation 14 Southbound Direction Speed Limit: 35 mph Avg Speed: 43 mph 85th Percentile: 49 mph 25% Traffic: 46-50 mph 8.6% Traffic: 51-55 mph Northbound Direction Speed Limit: 35 mph Avg Speed: 36 mph 85th Percentile: 40 mph 1.7% Traffic: 46-50 mph 0.1% Traffic: 50-55 mph
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Lane Diet • A Lane Diet is generally described as narrowing travel lanes from a roadway and utilizing the space for other uses and travel modes. Does not involve reducing the number of travel lanes. • Benefits • Traffic Calming – Reduce speeding • Providing transportation alternatives and options • Increasing safety for non-motorized users Department of Transportation 15
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia Hummer Rd - Existing Department of Transportation 16 • Wide travel lanes and wide parking lanes
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia Hummer Rd - Proposed Department of Transportation 17 • Narrow the existing travel lanes & parking lanes to create bike lanes
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia Lane Width and Vehicle Speeds Department of Transportation 18
  19. 19. County of Fairfax, Virginia Filing in Missing Gaps Department of Transportation 19 2015 2016 Proposed 2017 Fill in gap creating a connected 5.3 mile on-road bike network Connection to Metro, Custis and W&OD trail, Lake Accotink Approximately 45,000 people would be living near a bike lane* *(Ravensworth Rd, Heritage Dr, Hummer Rd, and Annandale Rd)
  20. 20. County of Fairfax, Virginia More Connections Department of Transportation 20 2015 2016 Proposed 2017 Little River Turnpike Bike/Ped Improvements Recommending a network of shared use paths, service drives, low volume/low speed streets, and existing sidewalks & bike lanes Project design begins this spring http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/littleriverturnpikebicyclestudy.htm Study Corridor
  21. 21. County of Fairfax, Virginia Similar Project – Annandale Rd Department of Transportation 21 • 16’ travel lanes, 8’ parking lane each direction • Known speeding issues on street • Implemented a lane diet and added bike lanes
  22. 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Before – Annandale Rd Department of Transportation 22
  23. 23. County of Fairfax, Virginia After – Annandale Rd Department of Transportation 23
  24. 24. County of Fairfax, Virginia After – Annandale Rd Department of Transportation 24 Post Lane Diet + Bike Lanes •Speed/Traffic counts at two locations in Fall 2016 •Highest average speed was 35 mph •No 85% percentile speed over 39 mph
  25. 25. County of Fairfax, Virginia Pedestrian Needs – Hummer Rd Department of Transportation 25 Need for Improved crossings? •Hidden Oaks? •Lafeyette Village Dr? •Little River Turnpike? •Others?
  26. 26. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd • From Columbia Pike to Bay Tree Lane • Bicycle Master Plan calls for a climbing lane the entirety of Sleepy Hollow towards Arlington • Proposal to narrow travel lanes and parking lanes to create space for bike lanes • One option to remove parking on one side where no front facing houses • VDOT only paving southern segment this year • Will evaluate northern segments with future VDOT repaving • Existing funded projects for walkways/trails on Sleepy Hollow Rd Department of Transportation 26
  27. 27. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd Department of Transportation 27 Average Daily Traffic Volume-Southern Segment: 14,000 (2015) Speed Limit: 35 mph Connection from neighborhoods to Seven Corners, East Falls Church Metro, Holmes Run Trail System
  28. 28. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd Department of Transportation 28
  29. 29. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd - Option 1 Department of Transportation 29 Parking west side, Bike Lanes both sides Parking both sides, Climbing Lane
  30. 30. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd - Option 1 • Columbia Pike to Elwood Dr: Narrow parking lanes, eliminate parking lane on east side (no front facing houses), bike lanes in each direction. Department of Transportation 30 Existing Proposed
  31. 31. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd - Option 1 • Elwood Dr to Bay Tree Ln: Narrow parking lanes, Keep Parking both directions, climbing lane southbound from Bay Tree Ln to Elwood Dr Department of Transportation 31 Existing Proposed
  32. 32. County of Fairfax, Virginia Sleepy Hollow Rd - Option 2 • Columbia Pike to Bay Tree Ln: Keep parking both sides, narrow parking lanes, climbing lane in south bound direction (towards Columbia Pike). Department of Transportation 32 Existing Proposed
  33. 33. County of Fairfax, Virginia Little River Turnpike Service Drives Department of Transportation 33
  34. 34. County of Fairfax, Virginia Next Steps Department of Transportation 34 • Gather community input tonight and over next two weeks • Comment Period Open until Friday, February 17th • DOTBicyclePrograms@fairfaxcounty.gov • Refine design plans as necessary • Design completion: May 2017 • Projects go to construction Summer 2017
  35. 35. County of Fairfax, Virginia Thank You Department of Transportation 35 Questions/Comments? DOTBicyclePrograms@fairfaxcounty.gov

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