Traffic Disruption Near W-L High School Sunday Feb 23

Traffic Disruption Near W-L High School Sunday Feb 23
A public Town Hall event is being held at Washington-Liberty High School stadium, located at 1301 N. Stafford Street, on the afternoon of Sunday, February 23 from approximately 2:45 PM until 5:00 PM. Expect traffic congestion. Parking in the area is expected to be extremely limited. (Pete Buttigieg is coming to town.)
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County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy

County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy

Under the plan curb lanes would be bus/HOV only eastbound from N Veitch to N. Lynn during AM peak and westbound from N Oak to N Veitch during PM peak. This section of Lee Hwy is 3 lanes wide in each direction and highly congested during peak hours. This makes it difficult for buses to maintain schedule.

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County to Develop Vision Zero Action Plan

The Vision Zero Action Plan will include strategies to make travel safer for everyone: walking, driving, biking, scootering, or taking public transit.

The project team is hosting a drop-in meeting to share more information about Vision Zero, discuss draft Vision Zero goals, and hear about your priorities for the future of safe transportation in Arlington County.

When: Jan 28, 5-8 PM
Where: Washington-Liberty High School Cafeteria, 1301 N Stafford St

Grim Year For Cyclists And Pedestrians

Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that while overall traffic fatalities fell 2.7% from 2017, pedestrian deaths rose more than 3%, to 6,283. Bicycle fatalities increased more than 6%, to 857. Both figures are the highest since 1990.

Pedestrian deaths have ballooned 69% in urban areas from 2009 to 2018, while cyclist deaths have jumped 48%. The increases far outpace population growth in those areas.

“People tend to be impatient at intersections and that leads to cars doing things that might not seem reasonable to try to get the light or swerve around somebody who’s stopped to turn.”

NHTSA Press Release

Before You Buy a New Car…

Before You Buy a New Car…
“The popularity of SUVs and light trucks are contributing to the increase in roadway fatalities… If you’re behind the wheel of one of those vehicles… you need to take extra caution. It has a lot more weight… poor visibility, it takes you longer to brake and it is harder to see around turns. Drivers of those vehicles need drive very carefully to compensate.” — NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg

Lee Hwy & Glebe Rd Intersection Improvements

Dec 14, 2019: The County Board approved a project to widen North Glebe Road (Route 120) to add northbound and southbound full-width left turn lanes. The new turn lanes will improve traffic flow and give pedestrians more time to cross the street. Work to underground overhead utilities in the project area that began in January 2017 is near complete. Roadway construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020 and last for two years.

Arl Co Project Page

Deer Strike Injures Driver on Spout Run Pkwy

Deer Strike Injures Driver on Spout Run Pkwy
Where: Spout Run Pkwy south of intersection with Lorcom La
When: Fri, Dec 13, aprox 5 PM

Driver’s injuries were not life threatening. The deer died. Deer-involved crashes are greatest during the mating season, Oct through Dec, particularly around dawn and dusk. Drive carefully!

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase Begins

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase to End Soon

Repaving will continue for the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to complete by Monday, Nov 11.

There will be lane closures and temporary detours. Traffic will move slower. Almost all street parking is blocked off. Avoid the area if possible.

The redesign realigns Wilson and Washington Blvds, shortens crosswalks, and widens sidewalks. Access to N. Irving Street is now blocked. Left turns onto Wilson from Washington Blvd is now prohibited. Hopefully this will result in less confusion for motorists and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project Page

Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website

Opening Statements
Clement

Cristol

Dorsey

Question 1     
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Another Pedestrian Struck: Washington Blvd

Another pedestrian struck: Washington Blvd

The stretch of Washington Blvd between N. Quincy St and Glebe Rd near Ballston has been the site of several serious pedestrian collisions. Some pedestrians have said cars often do not stop for them along this four-lane road, even in crosswalks. Please observe extra caution along this stretch of Washington Blvd.

Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan

Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan
The Arlington County Board adopted a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan that sets ambitious targets for transforming the County’s energy sector.

The plan incorporates goals for buildings; resilience; renewable energy; transportation, County government actions, and education and human behavior. It envisions a carbon neutral Arlington by 2050 that will be more resilient, where all electricity will come from renewable sources, where more residents will drive electric vehicles and more will use transit, and where homes and buildings will be more energy-efficient.

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