- Speed limits lowered on four “downtown” arterials
- Public hearing set on lowering speed limits on N. Lynn Street and Fort Myer Drive
- County Code speed limits rectified for I-395 and I-66
ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington County Board today approved new speed limits for four Arlington streets after a public hearing. The Board also set a public hearing for Sept. 21 to consider new speed limits on two additional street segments.
The Board voted to decrease the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph along portions of N. Meade Street, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard, and from 35 mph to 30 mph along a portion of N. Sycamore Street. The Board's action also rectifies County Code discrepancies in speed limits along I-395 and I-66.
“The County's actions to lower speed limits on segments of some key roads are in keeping with the Master Transportation plan, and are intended to make these roads safer for everyone – drivers, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada.
The Board voted unanimously to approve the new speed limits, and to set the public hearing for the Sept. 21 Regular County Board Meeting.
Lower speeds favored for pedestrian, bicyclist safety
As part of the Streets Element of the Master Transportation Plan (MTP), the County established a policy to adopt lower speed limits as the standard for all arterials within Arlington's “downtown” districts.
The results of a study on speed, collisions, traffic volumes, pedestrian and bicyclist activity, land use and development, and roadway characteristics formed the basis of a staff recommendation to lower the speed limits on four street segments:
- N. Meade Street from Arlington Boulevard to Marshall Drive
- Clarendon Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to N. Oak Street
- Wilson Boulevard from Route 110 to Washington Boulevard
- N. Sycamore Street from Washington Boulevard to 17th Street N.
There will be a public hearing at the Sept. 21 Board Meeting to consider a staff recommendation for lowering speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph on two additional street segments:
- N. Lynn Street from Arlington Boulevard to the Key Bridge
- Fort Myer Drive from the Key Bridge to Arlington Boulevard
County Code corrections for I-395 and I-66
A review revealed a discrepancy between Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) records and the County Code for speed limits along I-395 within Arlington. The speed limits for I-66 also were not listed in the County Code.
Speed limits for I-395 and I-66 are the responsibility of VDOT. The County Code has changed to reflect the actual speed limits for enforcement:
- I-395 regular lanes from Alexandria line to the District of Columbia line is 55 mph
- I-395 HOV lanes from Alexandria line to 1.37 miles north of Quaker Lane (MP 7.8) is 65 mph
- I-395 HOV lanes from 1.37 miles north of Quaker Lane (MP 7.8) to the District of Columbia line is 55 mph
- I-66 from Virginia line to the ramp of N. Lynn Street is 45 mph
- I-66 from the ramp of N. Lynn Street to the Fairfax County line is 55 mph
To learn more, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item 19 on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 16 County Board Meeting to read the staff reports.