In September 2020, the City will begin construction on this infrastructure project to upgrade South Washington Street and Hillwood Avenue, and provide needed improvements to the intersection of those two streets.
A contract has been awarded to Fort Myer Construction and work is expected to take about one year.
The project includes many elements designed to improve safety and pedestrian accessibility, including – wider sidewalks on both streets, re-design of the intersection at South Washington and Hillwood, new crosswalks with ADA compliant ramps and push button pedestrian signals, new traffic signals, street lights, street trees and benches and a new Intermodal Transit plaza with bus shelters, bike racks and artistic features.
About the Project
In a 2008 study, funded by a grant from the Council of Governments (COG), the need and viability for transportation improvements along the S Washington St. corridor were assessed.
The goals of this study were to:
Encourage multi-modal transportation options
Create a more walkable corridor
Connect the area to City Center, N Washington St, and the East Falls Church Metro Station
The study concluded that there were definite needs for improvement along this corridor. Working in conjunction with VDOT and Fairfax County, City staff have generated a comprehensive plan to address the additional deficiencies. Input garnered at community meetings held earlier in 2013 was taken into consideration, and the current plan reflects that feedback.
The following streetscape improvements are planned:
Transit plaza at Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. which will include bus shelters, benches, and bike racks.
Intersection changes at Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. including new traffic signals, pedestrian push buttons, intersection geometric changes, and removal of the "free right" turn lane from north bound S Washington St. to Hillwood Ave.
Crosswalks at the Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. intersection.
Improved streetscapes along both sides of S. Washington St. from Annandale Rd. to Tinner Hill St. , including brick pavers, street lighting, trees, and ADA compliant curb ramps.
$2.7 million in federal and state funds were designated for an Intermodal Transit Plaza, whose construction is bound by federal milestone dates.
This multimodal project is funded through a combination of grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Six-Year Improvement Program/Urban funds.