UPDATED APRIL 26, 2019
April 2019 update:
This project is included in VDOT’s Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP) to receive FY 25 Smart Scale funding. For information about the Smart Scale process and other projects that are included in the SYIP, please click here: http://vasmartscale.org/projects/fy-2020-projects.asp
This project will construct improvements to the Warwick Ave./Fairfax Blvd./McLean Ave. intersection. The City evaluated a number of preliminary concepts to improve traffic flow on Fairfax Blvd and improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility at this intersection while preserving commercial property access and minimizing negative impacts to residential neighborhoods. A draft concept plan of the improvements can be found here: (attach concept plan – it’s already embedded in the next paragraph– use that link).
The recommended alternative realigns the intersection to remove two of the intersection approaches (McLean Ave to the north of Fairfax Blvd and Warwick Ave to the south of Fairfax Blvd). This improvement will reduce pedestrian crossing distances and reduce the number of intersection conflict points, thus making the intersection safer for both motorists and pedestrians. The proposed alternative would also add a new traffic signal at Farr Avenue to allow neighborhood traffic south of Fairfax Blvd access to a signal to make left turns onto Fairfax Blvd.
The City hosted a public input meeting on May 24, 2018 to present a number of preliminary concepts and receive feedback from the public. The recommended concept was developed based on the public input. Staff presented the recommended concept to the City Council at the June 26, 2018 work session and received Council approval to submit this concept to VDOT as part of the City’s application for SmartScale funding.