The South Washington Street Multimodal Improvements will create a transit plaza at South Washington Street and Hillwood Avenue to encourage multi-modal transportation options, increase pedestrian accessibility along South Washington Street, and connect the South Washington Street Planning Opportunity Area to the City Center, North Washington Street, and the East Falls Church Metro Station.
The following improvements are planned to be constructed:
Transit plaza at Hillwood Avenue and S Washington Street which will include bus shelters, benches, and bike racks
Intersection changes at Hillwood Avenue and South Washington Street including new traffic signals, pedestrian push buttons, intersection geometric changes, and removal of the "free right" turn lane from north bound South Washington Street to Hillwood Avenue
Crosswalks at the Hillwood Avenue South Washington Street intersection
Streetscape along both sides of South Washington Street from Annandale Road to Tinner Hill which will include brick pavers, street lighting, street trees, and American with Disabilities Act curb ramps
Interpretive signage and paving
Landscaping and rain gardens
Schedule and Status
Design: In progress
Utility Undergrounding: Spring 2016
Advertisement: Late 2016
Construction: Spring 2017
Funding This project is a combination of two projects - the intermodal plaza portion is funded through grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The streetscape and pedestrian access portion is funded through grant funds from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
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 Street 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, North Washington Street, and the East Falls Church Metro Station
The study concluded that there were definite needs for improvement along this corridor. $2.7 million in federal and state funds were designated for an Intermodal Transit Plaza, whose construction is bound by federal milestone dates.
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 in to consideration, and the current plan reflects that feedback.
Public Meetings and Documents
2015 December 15 Update