North West Street and Great Falls Street Traffic Signal Improvements
Completed (Spring 2021)
Construction concluded in Spring 2021. Officials and staff from both the City of Falls Church and Fairfax County celebrated the improved intersection at a ribbon-cutting in June 2021.
About the Project
The intersection of North West Street and Great Falls Street was identified as one of four City intersections needing improvements as part of the application process for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) FY 15 Revenue Sharing funds. The main reason these were identified for upgrades was to remove signal heads and span wires from Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) utility poles. City Council approved this project as part of the FY 2015-2019 CIP under the Traffic Signals Infrastructure Program.
Project work will include removal of existing signal heads from DVP utility poles and the installation of new signal equipment, which will include decorative traffic signal poles, pedestrian signals, and a new cabinet. The intersection will be milled, repaved, and new signage and pavement markings will be installed.
Pedestrians will notice improvements at the intersection once the project is complete. New sidewalks, new and improved signals with better timing, ADA compliant crossings, new intersection lighting, and high-visibility crosswalks will be installed at the intersection.
Fairfax County is concurrently underway with a project to install new sidewalks along Great Falls Street and North West Street between Great Falls Street and Brilyn Place. The City of Falls Church is collaborating with Fairfax County since the scopes of the two projects overlap. This collaboration will allow both projects to be designed concurrently, minimizing conflicts and streamlining the review process.