Wayfinding in Alexandria
Finding Historic Locations through Wayfinding
In 2010, the City of Alexandria completed development of a citywide Wayfinding Design Guidelines Manual to guide implementation of a comprehensive citywide signage system. The wayfinding system projects a consistent image for the entire city; reduces visual clutter; and promotes walking, bicycling, and use of mass transit. A Wayfinding Stakeholder Advisory Group established by the City Manager provided input to the City and consultant team and served as a liaison to the community regarding the project as it developed. Membership of the group was made up of representatives from business/civic groups and City commissions and boards. On September 7, 2010, Planning Commission approved the Wayfinding Design Guidelines Manual.
Implementation and maintenance of the Wayfinding Program is led by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services with support from the Department of Planning & Zoning. The signage program is implemented in phases as budgeted in the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). A detailed progress report was provided to City Council in November 2017. Further updates are also included in the Annual Status of Implementation Reports for the City's Master Plan.
- Phase 1: Parking-related signage in Old Town - Complete
- Phase 2: Pedestrian-oriented signage in Old Town - Complete
- Phase 3 & 4: 140 vehicular directional signs installed throughout the city anticipated for completion in Spring 2022. Signage at gateways to the city are in development with installation anticipated in 2022-2023.
- Phase 5: Destination identification signs for citywide cultural, parks and civic locations - Complete
- Phases 6 & 7: Signs for shared-use paths, historic district identification signage, and additional pedestrian-oriented and historic interpretation signage anticipated for development and installation in 2022-2023.
Following a request from business owners at Cameron Station, the business district sign program was expanded to include this neighborhood. In addition, Historic District markers for Town of Potomac and Old and Historic Alexandria historic districts were installed.
Contact Mary Konsoulis, Transportation & Environmental Services, 703.746.4019.