Alexandria, VA

A number of traffic calming changes will eventually be coming to Monticello Blvd in the Alexandria’s North Ridge neighborhood.

The city is in the final stages of design on the project, which will bring changes to the roadway near George Mason Elementary School. The project will potentially include speed cushions and a speed monitoring sign.

It currently has no current implementation schedule, according to city spokesman Craig Fifer.

Monticello Blvd is bordered by Russell Road and Cameron Mills Road, and is used as a cut-through street for many drivers. The city received multiple community requests for traffic calming on the road before 2018, which was when staff got to work, Fifer said.

Fifer told ALXnow that the city is debating the merits of speed cushions on Monticello.

“Although speed cushions were later added to the discussion at the request of neighbors, and the fire department determined that speed cushions may be feasible under certain circumstances, transportation and fire officials are currently evaluating the use of speed cushions on different types of streets and whether speed cushions will be part of the final Monticello design,” he said.

Potential developments, which were approved by the Traffic and Parking Board, include:

  • Three speed cushions
  • A speed monitoring sign near George Mason Place
  • 10 feet of street parking removed for the addition of a crosswalk at the intersection with Old Dominion Blvd
  • 20 feet of street parking removed for visibility at the intersection with Argyle Drive

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