King-Callahan-Russell Intersection Improvement Project
The City of Alexandria is working through procurement and pre-construction activities to build the pedestrian safety and access improvements as well as traffic congestion improvements to the intersection of King Street, Callahan Drive, and Russell Road. Over the past 3 years, staff has been working to develop, analyze, and design options that mitigate traffic congestion.
Staff has been working with Dominion Power to move the street light poles on the north side of Callahan Drive near the intersection to make way for the upcoming construction of the approved intersection improvements. Staff has also been going through the procurement processes to get contractors on board to build the approved plan designs. The project is anticipated to begin construction in Spring 2023.
For more information about past meetings and information, please see the Public Engagement section of the webpage.
The City of Alexandria was awarded a grant from the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) to make pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to improve access to transit. The intersection of King Street, Callahan Drive and Russell Road was identified as a priority location for these improvements. As part of the City's Complete Streets Program, the City kicked off this project at a public meeting on January 15, 2015.
The goals of this project are to :
- Create safer, more direct pedestrian crossings across King Street and Callahan Drive.
- Install new King Street crossings on the west side of Russell Road, and near Sunset Drive.
- Provide separate lanes for King Street bicycle traffic through the intersection.
- Reduce rush-hour backups in all directions, and pedestrian crossing delay, by changing how the traffic signals operate. Staff worked with an engineering firm to conduct a full evaluation of the predicted traffic impacts and benefits of the revised intersection under various traffic signal operation plans.
- Upgrade traffic signal hardware.
Staff has met with and continues to meet with community members and neighborhood leaders about the project and other traffic concerns related to this location. The following events have been held to discuss the project and gather feedback:
- Public Meeting #1 - January 15, 2015 - Presentation - Community Comments
- Public Meeting #2 - June 23, 2015 - Presentation - Community Feedback
- Public Meeting #2 - December 8, 2015 - Presentation
- Community leader walkabout - 2018
- Rosemont Civic Association Meeting - February 2020
- Individual Meetings with Civic Association Leadership, Institutions, and small groups of residents- March 2020, October 2020, November 2020
- Virtual Open House - October 19, 2020 - November 9, 2020
- Watch the narrated presentation and review the project update slides
- REVIEW the Frequently Asked Questions
- Staff presented the project to the Traffic and Parking Board at the December 2020 meeting and it was unanimously approved
- Staff presented the final piece of the design plans, the conversion of the access street near the Masonic National Memorial to one-way southbound, to City Council in March 2021. It was approved unanimously.