South Washington St. Multimodal Improvements

Falls Church History Panels 


A portion of the S. Washington St. Transit Plaza will include eight large, glass panels which will illustrate the history of Falls Church. These panels will tell the story of our community from the late 1600s to today with a transportation theme running throughout.

The public is invited to review and comment on the panel drafts. A mock-up of the panels can be downloaded here (PDF). 

As you review the panel mock-ups, we ask that you keep in mind the following: 

  • Each page represents a single panel. We are limited with the amount of text and image sizes on each panel. The content will be etched in glass and there is not room for large copy additions. 
  • The current copy has been written and reviewed by local historians and various members of the community. However, we want to hear from you if you believe there is something factually inaccurate or something important to our community is missing. 
  • If you have or know of a better image than the one included in each panel section, please share it if possible or tell us about it. 
  • We are taking suggestions for the title of the panel display - let us know your ideas! 
Please email your comments to CityClerk@fallschurchva.gov by September 30. 


Construction Status


Construction for utility undergrounding will begin at the end of September 2017 through spring of 2018. The work will occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Access for businesses and residents will remain open. The scope of this project includes installation of underground conduit, junction boxes, and vaults. IT will require coordination with utility providers such as Dominion. For more information, please refer to this letter to residents

Project Scope


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 into consideration, and the current plan reflects that feedback.

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. 

S Washington Street Multimodal Improvements

Presentation and Concept Drawings

The following improvements are planned:
  • 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 
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.  

Location  




Schedule and Status


Current Status:
Construction - Utility undergrounding
Design - Completing final plans for streetscape 

Next Steps:
Utility Undergrounding: Construction complete spring 2018
Washington Gas Relocation: Spring 2018 - Winter 2018
Streetscape Construction Start: Winter 2018 - Winter 2019

Public Meetings


2015 December 15 Update
2015 March 26 Stakeholder Meeting


2015 February 26 Stakeholder Meeting


2014 May 27 Traffic Analysis


2013 October 28 Adopted S Washington Area Plan


  • http://www.fallschurchva.gov/468/South-Washington-Street-Small-Area-Plan

2013 May 6 City Council Meeting


2013 May 6 Public Meeting


2013 January 11 Public Meeting


Contact Information


Any questions related to this project, please contact James Mak at 703-248-5105 (TTY 711) or by email.