The high traffic intersection of The Custis Trail, Lee Highway (I-66) and North Lynn Street, near the Key Bridge, has long been known as a trouble spot for accidents between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Arlington County has recently approved some much-needed improvements to the intersection for the safety of Orange Line Living residents. The improvements, while needed, will be limited to what the county can provide within its jurisdiction. Focus will be on local road improvements only, as that is where the county’s power lies. It is hoped by many that with the county stepping up to help increase visibility and make a safer intersection, other improvements will follow.
The main focus of the county work to be done will be to improve sight lines and make the crossing shorter for cyclists and pedestrians. Curbs will be extended to make crossing distance less, and to sharpen the turn for motorists, enforcing a need to slow down while driving. A larger buffer zone will also be created by expanding the Custis Trail itself. This will provide more room for cyclists to wait and make them more visible to traffic.
Also included in the plan are updates to the signs and traffic lights at the intersection. Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and last for a year. The county is hoping to work with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and U.S. Park Service to get further work done, as they can only affect the local roads. A good sign of future work with the other agencies came in the form of VDOT agreeing to a reduction of a state route with the Custis Trail expansion that is now planned to be completed.
With the popularity of alternative forms of transport on the rise, there is a greater need for multifunction safety on our roads. Our urban lifestyle also offers multifunctional living at its best. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team, are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected].