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Alexandria Begins Left Turn Restrictions on Washington Street

These restrictions are the result of a 2011 safety study of the Washington Street corridor, which was approved by the city's Traffic and Parking Board late last year.

The City of Alexandria beginning Wednesday instituted no left turn rules from Washington Street at certain intersections in Old Town.

These restrictions are the result of a 2011 safety study (PDF) of the Washington Street corridor, which was approved by the Traffic and Parking Board on Nov. 28, 2011.

The study found there was an increased accident rate for vehicles making left turns during HOV hours, in the morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and in the evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

No left turn from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, for the following intersections:

  *   Southbound Washington Street at Pendleton Street
  *   Southbound Washington Street at Oronoco Street
  *   Southbound Washington Street at Princess Street
  *   Southbound Washington Street at Cameron Street
  *   Southbound Washington Street at Duke Street
  *   Southbound Washington Street at Wolfe Street

No left turn from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the following intersections:

  *   Northbound Washington Street at Pendleton Street
  *   Northbound Washington Street at Oronoco Street
  *   Northbound Washington Street at Cameron Street
  *   Northbound Washington Street at Duke Street
  *   Northbound Washington Street at Wolfe Street

Protected left turns, where vehicles can turn left on a green traffic signal arrow, have been added for southbound left turning vehicles at Washington Street at Wythe Street, as well as Washington Street at Princess Street from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Similarly, in the afternoon, protected left turns have been added to northbound Washington Street at Wythe Street, as well as Washington Street at Queen Street, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lee Hernly October 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM
So, instead of adding protected left turns which would have solved the problem, the City has decided on action that will inevitably make traffic worse in that section of the City in the rush hour.
Melissa October 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Also, what is up with lifting restrictions at 6 pm? If you're going to put them in place, at least acknowledge that traffic on Washington doesn't ease up until sometime between 6:30 - 7:00 pm.
Tom Hanton October 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
At least it's a start in the right direction. I would like to see no left turns off Washington Street in both directions at all times unless there are dedicated left turn lanes created...probably not enough width for them, however. The safest is to make three right turns around the block to change your direction on streets like Washington.
Lee Hernly October 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Traffic last night on the side streets was the worst I have ever seen in the Washington Street corridor - due to these restrictions?

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