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Where are the Worst Roads and Intersections in Alexandria?

Many drivers avoid certain intersections or roadways when they can—we want to know where and why.

Whether you are a pedestrian, a cyclist or driver, everyone has an intersection or stretch of road where they cringe a little bit or pay extra attention to safety.

Maybe it's the intersection of Jordan and Duke streets near Foxchase, or the intersection of Commonwealth and Mount Vernon avenues. Maybe your narrow street has a blind corner. Maybe it's somewhere you've seen people run red lights or get into accidents.

No matter what or where it is in the city of Alexandria, we want to hear about it.

Please tell us where there are dangerous intersections and roads are anywhere Alexandria—where you live, where you work or just an area you happened to have noticed while passing through.

Use the above form to give us the intersection or road location, and tell us why it's cringeworthy—we will then use the information our readers provide to set up a map showing all locations with user comments on what makes each area so dangerous. (Expect that map to be published in early May.)

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LG April 22, 2013 at 08:55 PM
E. Randolph & Dewitt - if you're headed east on Randolph, traffic on Dewitt has no stop sign. With cars often parked up to the corners, you have to creep out past the stop sign before you can see if there's oncoming cross traffic on Dewitt. By the point you can see anything, you're already in the middle of the intersection.
James Dunning April 22, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The same methodology I use to determine if it is raining outside, stick me head out the window and use my eyes. I don't need an ICE report or a weather report to confirm the obvious.
McBrinn April 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM
My wife and I actually passed on buying a home in that area simply because neither of us could stomach the idea of dealing with that intersection 2x a day or having those grocery stores being our go to markets. It's a nightmare up there.
Stephanie cabell April 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Cars heading north and south near the Monroe Avenue overpass make for an interesting site when they both attempt to turn onto Potomac avenue at the same time. The problem is that cars heading north don't know when cars heading south have a green left turn signal. Car horns get a good workout in this area.
nope notme April 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Duke and N. Quaker lane is so bad now that drivers block the box. When Duke St is widened just west of there, then the extra traffic funneled back to the current lanes, it will only get worse. Bad design, bad decision.
DelRayRez April 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM
There's a dedicated lane for northbound drivers turning onto Potomac. Sounds like those going north just don't know how to use their turn signals if they're trying to get over in the left lane on Potomac, though there's no immediate need.
DelRayRez April 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM
No matter how bad the traffic, there's no excuse for blocking the box. People who do so are just bad drivers.
OT insider April 23, 2013 at 01:06 AM
That's not in Alexandria. But I don't disagree... it's always an adventure making the left turn from Belle View onto the parkway northbound.
Kellie Meehan April 23, 2013 at 01:24 AM
several -- Seminary Rd. at Beauregard. Drivers wanting to drive along Seminary Rd. into Fairfax county must merge to the right to avoid the left turn lane while dodging the cars merging from the right. It just doesn't make sense that if you want to go straight you must change lanes. Duke St. & Taylor Run - cars turning from Duke St. onto Taylor Run, run the red light all the time which makes it very dangerous to anyone on the service road who has the green light. During rush hour the cars back up so much on Taylor Run, run the red light and block the service road. AND cars try to take the little access road for going West on the service road and turn to go East. Not allowed! Mill Road and Eisenhower Avenue- cars coming from every direction! it's just a strange intersection. Two streets too close together with cars and drivers going every which way - On Eisenhower, on Mill Rd. and the street to the DMV.
Patch Reader April 23, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Mess, the City's study looked at conflicts between left-turn traffic from Washington Street onto side streets and faster-moving oncoming vehicles in the HOV lanes. This led to left-turn restrictions on Washington Street, a move I support. My question is concerning prohibited turns from Madison Street and Montgomery Street onto northbound North Washington Street. Since both are one-way streets, there's no oncoming traffic to conflict with. Therefore, there should be no restrictions on turns here.
Kim Moore April 23, 2013 at 02:27 AM
That intersection is a primary pedestrian crossing point for Metro riders, and GWMS students. I could understand having it be a No Turn on Red area during certain hours of the day, but as it is right now, so many drivers ignore the signs that easing restrictions could create more problems. Since that intersection is rarely watched by police, drivers turn at-will anyway. It is an accident waiting to happen.
Kim Moore April 23, 2013 at 02:36 AM
The conundrum at King/Braddock/Quaker near Bradlee Center and the Lexus dealer. Too few opportunities to turn left onto Washington St. south of Oronoco before 9 AM. The No Right Turn sign behind Target onto Potomac Ave.
Kim Moore April 23, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Correction: Too few opportunities to turn left onto Washington St. north of Oronoco before 9 AM. Those restrictions send too much traffic down Slaters Lane causing long delays to get onto the northbound GW Parkway.
James Dunning April 23, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Is it possible? Is Beth Lawton: a censor, a bigot, an un-American rube prude, anti Second Amendment, North Korean? I have been posting here for months. Some may find me annoying, that's life, welcome to America, move on. It's an opinion. And as educated people know, those that actually speak up voice the same opinions of those who choose not to. I have not to my knowledge had a post "removed" by the wise Editor of Del Ray Patch. Thanks unto him for that. But today I had a post go through on this thread, people replied, and now it is locked and "pending" for others not to see. That is vile and dishonest. At least the removal of a post for vague TOS violations makes a perverted kind of sense. But to "disappear" a post by placing it in pending? Cowardly. I assume it was Beth Lawton that did this since it is the author. If not, will the real coward please stand up? Whoever you are, you are no better than Pol Pot and the Secret Police. Let words fly or enforce terms of service "violations" in good faith. That is acceptable. To disappear a post in this fashion is something out of North Korea, not AOL Patch in the USA. Not acceptable. If you want a job censoring the Internet please take yourself to Syrian, Iran, China, or your homeland of North Korea. Shame on you.
McBrinn April 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Shut up James. Go find another board to troll. You're not even vaguely interesting. If you were clever or witty, that would be another thing. But you're not. You're a blustery frat boy. And you smell bad.
Bob Rouse April 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM
hyperbole much, James?
Kristen April 23, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Hear, hear!
amy lu April 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The the public hearing last night, the Traffic & Parking Board voted to remove the 'No Left Turn' sign behind Target and replace it with a 'Trucks No Left Turn' sign, as was the original intent.
CC April 23, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I live near the intersection of E. Glebe and Route 1 and have seen the traffic and too many close calls with pedestrians increase ever since traffic was diverted from the Monroe bridge to E. Glebe. In the morning, it takes up to three cycles to get through the light and it is mainly due to pedestrians crossing and traffic coming from the new development across Route 1. Once traffic backs up, its a nightmare trying to maneuver across E. Glebe at Ashby St. and Monroe Ave. The only alternative is to take Monroe Av.e to route 1 and make a left. It's one of the few street swhere you can cross route 1 since the bus lanes prevent corssing route 1, resutling in additional vehicles on E. Glebe. As the development grows, I see it only gettign worse.
sewallis@gmail.com April 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I agree - this intersection is bad for cars, cyclists, and pedestrians — and continues to decline the more that traffic is diverted and pumped through this intersection.
Shelley April 23, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Agreed also...Although living on S. Henry, I can't stand those that FLY down S. Henry to beat the Rt. 1 traffic, so I don't know how I would feel about Patent folks cutting through to do the same. My biggest complaint though is how very dangerous the left hand turn from Rt. 1 onto Gibbon to get into the NW Quadrant. Southbound commuters using Rt. 1 are constantly running that red light becuase they just want to get on the Beltway. Meanwhile, anyone turning left has to wait and guess if they will stop then run a redlight themselves in order to avoid an accident. There are constant accidents there and Alexandria does nothing. They won't put a green arrow there because they say that it will distrupt rush hour too much (In other words, our residents safety isn't that important) and they don't even run the the redlight cameras that are installed there and have proven to greatly deter red light runners.
Shelley April 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
The light isn't annoying...It's nothing more than a glorified stop sign....What is annoying is the ridiculous amount of people that don't realize that you can legally turn left on red there (as long as there are no pedestrians present) becuase it is one way street. And for those that don't know their driving right of ways...It even says so on the sign, but nobody reads it and they just sit there the whole light cycle holding everyone hostage. That's usually how I can tell which people are from Alexandria and who are just commuters cutting through the neighborhood.
Mark Reese April 23, 2013 at 09:39 PM
The intersection of Helen and Leadbetter streets is a disaster waiting to happen.
Sarah April 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM
As a pedestrian in this city I've come to the conclusion that its only a matter of when not if I will be hit by a car. I almost got hit crossing Braddock at Kenwood. I appreciate the new cross signals at Taney and Van Dorn but I wish the lights were retained to give walkers crossing from the southbound side of North Van Dorn a head start, cars fly down Taney to make that light at all hours of the day!
James Dunning April 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM
You are correct sir, I do smell a bit foulish. Sniff, sniff? Yes. Every Monday I tell myself that every Tuesday at lunch I will NOT roll of your stenching wife and yet every Tuesday night there I am in the shower again. She's just that good. The faint scent of feta and socks none the less. P.S., Now you know why she was late with dinner.
McBrinn April 24, 2013 at 01:57 AM
My wife passed away last Spring after a courageous and extremely painful battle with cancer. She was 41. I think you should be careful with your malicious trolling, lest one of us petition the right people who'll cough up your ISP and the account holder of the aforementioned. Don't think for a moment that Alexandria isn't a tiny town. I have two judge in my phones contact list and I'm a nobody. A simple apology would help you. Lacking that, I'd keep an eye over your shoulder. You never know when APD is gonna come knocking on your door.
McBrinn April 24, 2013 at 02:02 AM
.....And I've just sent this thread to APD's Internet crimes division. Best of luck James, you're going to need it.
Doug Reese April 24, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The intersection of Helen Street and Leadbeater Street is dangerous. I have seen at least nine accidents there in the nine years I have lived there. I’m not home much during the day, so I can only assume there have been more. It should be a four-way stop. All of the accidents I am aware of—one of which resulted in damage to my home—can be described in the same way: A car comes down Helen Street from Mt. Vernon Avenue, to make their shortcut to East Glebe. The car comes to the stop sign at Leadbeater Street, and rolls past the Stop sign because visibility to the right is bad. Then, they go. And, if they’re lucky they don’t get crushed by an oncoming car. Cars have to “inch” out almost half-way into the intersection before they can see if anyone is coming from the right. And that is for the people how know the intersection. Other just assume that it is a four-way stop sign. They just stop, and go, without looking, because they think that if anyone where coming, they would have to stop at that intersection. Afterall, it is the only intersection in Del Ray that doesn’t have a four-way stop, that I can see. It is, without question, a tragedy waiting to happen.
James Dunning April 27, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I am honestly quite sorry to hear that McBrinn. I have known more than one person dear to me die from cancer, as well as other people passing from other maladies, getting old kind of sucks. Love ones and friends die young, and then they die old. We can probably agree on that--dying sucks. But involving a police presence because you were offended? Please. Don't you think they are a bit more consumed with tracking bombers and such? Step back, relax. Iff-ing you are so easily offended by mere school house words you may want to rethink your decisions to join the Internet. After all, you were the one to name call first with your "you smell bad" comment. Shall I contact the Minority Report Olfactory Team in the morning to pre-crime your house? Who do I get to contact and complain to when *I* am offended by *you*? I in fact have an incurable stench odor issue that is ongoing. My sweat glands overproduce a salinity compound and my sweat therefore interacts poorly with common fabrics such as cotton fiber in addition to the aluminum common in many "deodorants". So you nailed it, I smell. I was almost over my complex about it, these 25 years later, and now I am suffering stench related PTSD. Now I have to get back on the Xanax and other mind altering meds because I fear the world sees me as a giant, stinking, hulking monster :( So thanks for that one. Slippery slope, right my friend?
James Dunning April 27, 2013 at 03:24 AM
May I ask good sir what the story is morning glory with the seeming hypocrisy here? You take great offense at my sorry old tired "you so fat" type joke (after you started it by the way) yet you scream bloody murder when you feel squelched by other people on this very same forum. You support Zimmerman and by extension the local police but want to waste police resources on me? Incongruity is thine middle name McBrinn. http://oldtownalexandria.patch.com/articles/alexandria-mayor-to-speak-at-justice-for-trayvon-event "McBrinn 1:35 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 If you're going to censor my posts that don't violate the TOS, go ahead and delete my account. There are plenty of other places to visit on the Internet." Pot? Kettle? Black? Just curious homebody.


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