Beauregard Street Multi-Use Trail Project
The purpose of this project is to design and construct a shared-use path along North Beauregard Street between Fillmore Avenue and Berkeley Street, a distance of approximately 0.5 miles. This project will increase mobility and access for people walking, biking, or using other mobility devices on the West End. It will also provide non-motorized connections between West End neighborhoods, Northern Virginia Community College, Mark Center, Four Mile Run Trail, and the future West End Transitway.
Overall Project Status: Design
This project was identified as one of the top priority bicycle projects in the City’s Transportation Master Plan. This project was also recommended in the Beauregard Small Area Plan, and it supports the City’s Environmental Action Plan by increasing access for sustainable modes of transportation.
This project is intended to enhance the City’s multimodal environment and increase connections between West End neighborhoods, Northern Virginia Community College, the regional trail network, and the future West End Transitway.
This project is being funded through a federal grant.
Design: Fall 2021 - Fall 2023
Construction: Spring 2024 - Spring 2025
Public Comment Period for 30% Design Plans (February 2022)
In February 2022, the community was invited to provide input on the draft design plans for the North Beauregard Street Multi-Use Trail via an online feedback form. The comment period was open from January 20 to February 13. Below are the community engagement materials:
- Project presentation (English | Spanish | Arabic | Amharic)
- Summary of Community Feedback
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, community engagement for this project is expected to be virtual.
Status: In Progress
Status: Not started
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is this project important?
This project provides a separated, safe pathway for people walking and biking, where limited bicycle and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure exists today. This would provide important nonmotorized connections to Northern Virginia Community College, local neighborhoods, the regional trail network, the future West End Transitway, and other destinations in Alexandria’s West End.
Are there plans to extend the multi-use trail in the future?
The Alexandria Mobility Plan identifies North Beauregard Street as an enhanced bicycle corridor between the Arlington County Line and North Armistead Street. Currently, funding is only available for the multi-use trail between Berkeley Street and Fillmore Avenue. Any future extensions are subject to future funding availability and a feasibility assessment.
When will the proposed intersection improvements at North Beauregard Street & West Braddock Road be completed?
Improvements at the intersection of North Beauregard Street and West Braddock Road will be completed by the adjacent property owner during the redevelopment process. The primary improvement will be to remove the existing “slip” lanes and provide space for the trail and a future West End Transitway station. The timing of these improvements depends on when the property undergoes redevelopment.
Why doesn’t the multi-use trail extend to Seminary Road?
A portion of the multi-use trail has already been installed by way of a wide, buffered sidewalk west of Fillmore Avenue through private redevelopment. The remaining section of narrow sidewalk between the private property and Seminary Road is expected to be replaced by a multi-use trail with the City’s West End Transitway project.
Why is the multi-use trail on the south side of North Beauregard Street instead of the north side?
There are benefits to installing the multi-use trail on both the north side and the south side of North Beauregard Street. Both sides of the street have major generators of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and would benefit from the multi-use trail. By providing the multi-use trail on the south side, the City can connect the existing wide paths at either end of the project and minimize impacts to existing trees. There are also elevation challenges on the north side of the street that could make a trail there prohibitively expensive.
What is the priority of this project in relation to repairing the Holmes Run Trail?
The North Beauregard Street Multi-Use Trail project and the Holmes Run Trail Repairs project are both high priorities for the City and are occurring simultaneously. The North Beauregard Street Multi-Use Trail was identified as a priority project in 2016, before the damage to Holmes Run Trail occurred. Additionally, North Beauregard Street Multi-Use Trail was awarded grant funds prior to the damage sustained to Holmes Run Trail that cannot be used for any other project. As part of the FY2021 budget, the City identified repairs to Holmes Run Trail as a priority project and allocated $6 million in local funds to support that project. Design for the Holmes Run Trail Repairs is underway, and updates are available on the project website.
Will existing trees be impacted by the project?
The proposed multi-use trail and adjacent retaining wall footprint will require removal of certain trees for construction. Any vegetation removed by this project will be replaced in a more suitable location. As the project progresses, the design team will work with the City to determine the appropriate planting amount and locations to fulfill all planting requirements.
For more information on this project, contact Alexandria.Carroll@alexandriava.gov.