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City to Consider Safety Improvements for King/Braddock/Quaker Intersection

Alexandria will be looking into new safety improvements for the King Street, Braddock Road, and Quaker Lane intersection after a car overturned last week in a crash.

The city made improvements to the intersection a few years ago — with changes to the traffic signal and improvements to the service road. The city implemented other safety measures to the surrounding area, like reducing the speed limit on Quaker Lane. Despite this, the junction remains congested and, some believe, dangerous.

“It is still one of most challenging intersections in Alexandria because traffic is over capacity during peak hours,” said Sarah Godfrey, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. “A total redesign or overhaul of the intersection would require significant right-of-way and engineering changes.”

In 2017, the city noted that the intersection saw daily traffic in excess of 46,000 cars and projections for 60,000 cars-per-day by next year. The intersection also sits right between T.C. Williams High School and the Minnie Howard Campus, with plans potentially including students going back and forth between the two schools.

“The crash… will be reviewed at a Vision Zero Crash Task Force meeting, where a multi-disciplinary group examines details of crashes that occur within city limits, with an eye toward improving high-crash intersections,” Godfrey said. “There’s not a large-scale project currently planned, but City staff are currently looking into additional safety improvements in that area as part of Vision Zero.”

Staff photos by Vernon Miles, map via Google Maps

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