Lincoln Avenue is a 1-mile-long residential roadway located on the north side of the City of Falls Church which connects Arlington County to the City. The corridor is frequently trafficked by children, students, and residents and is just north of the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail. For several years, improvements to the Lincoln Avenue corridor have been a focus of the surrounding community with requests to address key concerns related to ADA accessibility, sidewalk connectivity, increased green space, improved stormwater management, and traffic calming.
The Greening of Lincoln Sidewalk and Stormwater Improvement project will look to achieve the following goals:
ADA Compliant Lincoln Avenue
Water Quality and Quantity Management
Traffic Calming Improvements
Prioritize Pedestrian Safety
The Planning Phase
In August of 2022, the City began the planning phase for improving approximately 3,700 linear feet of this corridor, between North West Street and the Arlington County Boundary. The City compiled residential input and the history of the corridor and worked with a consultant to develop a concept plan which could best meet the goals of the residents and needs of the City, while staying within funding opportunity requirements provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The Planning Phase Focused on Two Key Areas
A watershed-wide evaluation to assess existing flood risk throughout the two watersheds which divide Lincoln Avenue – Coe Branch and Trammel Branch.
Pedestrian improvements to the corridor which would increase safety, improve connectivity, and provide a greener aesthetic.
The planning phase has now been completed, and the City must begin design in order to meet scheduling milestones as required by the available ARPA funds which support this project’s implementation. The flood inundation modeling that was performed is being further evaluated by the City as part of its overall city-wide watershed modeling and future stormwater capital needs effort.
The Greening of Lincoln Sidewalk and Stormwater Improvement Project is moving forward into public comment and design phases. The public comment phase will include an opportunity for community feedback to review the preferred design and provide additional input before the final concept is approved.
This project must be obligated for construction by City Council no later than December 31, 2024. The funds must be spent by December 31, 2026. This is an aggressive, yet achievable schedule.