S Washington Blvd & U.S. 50 Arlington, VA 22204, USADrivers coming off of Route 50 merging onto Washington Blvd going south routinely ignore, at high speeds, the two very large yield signs alerting them that traffic is also trying to merge OFF of Washington Blvd to get onto S. Courthouse Rd. There needs to be oversized STOP signs for the drivers coming off of Route 50 before there's a serious accident. Greater enforcement of the required yield from Arlington police could send a clear message as well.· Reported by Matt Warnock · Flag Flagged
1901 North Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209, United States of AmericaInadequately secured dumpsters on sloping sidewalk a few feet from four lanes of traffic.
Memorial Avenue Arlington, Virginia
I believe that this issue was not clearly laid out, within another post (“Ramp to Memorial Drive always backed up due to only having one right turn lane, even though NO ONE ever turns left”). The issue is evident during the morning (and perhaps evening?) commuter rush, and is caused mainly by the STOP SIGN and PEDESTRIAN/CYCLIST traffic along the sidewalk, through the pedestrian crossing .
The stop sign is normally needed (cars slowly crawl-stopping should do so BEFORE the crossing, since it's difficult to see beyond the hedges on the sides!); however, this may be resolvable in similar fashion to the temporary use of traffic cones on the Memorial Circle (that are setup -to prevent those heading north on Washington Blvd from going anywhere else but over the Mem. bridge. - and taken down by APD in the morning at around 0900).
There is certainly a backup on the ramp, as the cars from the GWP exit merge with cars on the RT110 exit, onto Memorial Ave. However, unless (perhaps) they remove the concrete island that separates the left and right heading traffic, the issue is difficult to resolve other than having temporary cones to allow bypass of the stop sign and, therefore, not allowing ped/cyclist traffic to cross the south side of Memorial Ave. -they can still use the North side. Also, removing the island to avoid the merging isn’t going to help much. It would also hurt those few trying to get over to the left turn, as a wall of 2 lanes of cars will be heading right! Merging can’t be helped, so I believe the issue falls on the STOP SIGN combined with JOGGER/BICYCLE TRAFFIC.
Recently, (10 June, 2016) there seemed to be an accident involving a cyclist. APD was there (unfortunately, blocking the right turn branch) so everyone had to merge to the left…then head right (as most people do turn right, towards the bridge). Cyclists and ped don’t always look-before-crossing very well (not that I knew how this exact incident happened). Some people in cars also try to skip ahead then (acting coy, I assume as they) merge at the very last moment. Drivers may not fully stop at the crossing, and that is a no-no as it’s hard to see people/cars/cyclists approaching from the dead-end/eastbound side of the avenue due to hedges blocking the view.
The simple solution may be temporary cones that the APD motorbike officer can quickly attend to at the same time they attend to the cones on the memorial circle (taking it down around 0900, as well). It may disenfranchise the joggers/cyclists on that side…but I THINK they can live with it until 0900/whenever, and still get to the bridge/Mt. Vernon trail (is that the one?). Where are they coming from? It’s a dead-end on the west side of the avenue, and they also have a wide, marked, safe crossing BEFORE the stop sign entrance to the avenue. They can go across that, to the other side (north side) of the avenue and jog/bike up the to the next crossing (which is another whole discussion) –one on either side of the roundabout (crossing Washington Blvd. once before and once after the roundabout…also a dangerous deal, but does not hold up traffic, as this stop sign/ped crossing combo from hell does).
Bottom line, the proposed solution requires a logical AND of two actions:
1 - TEMPORARY CONES, which would be no problem with the wide Memorial Ave. lanes for 2
2 - NO PED/CYCLE traffic on the south side (it should NOT impact them at all, but I’d like to hear from aggrieved joggers/cyclists.· Reported by ConesRBetter · Flag Flagged
1300 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA 22209, USACorner Lee Hwy and Ft Myer Drive
Intersection Of Memorial Circle Washington Blvd, and the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, VaMost of the lane markings on the southeast section of Memorial Circle have been worn off. Even with clear markings this would be a tricky intersection, where drivers turn off Memorial Circle to go into DC over the Memorial Bridge and drivers coming north on Washington Blvd cross over those lanes to enter Memorial Circle or continue on north. The lack of lane markings mean cars frequently turn right off Memorial Circle from the left hand lane (cutting off the cars in the actual turn lane), while cars in the actual turn lane on the right try to drive into the same curved lane after looking 120 degrees over their right shoulder for oncoming traffic and then encounter a fast moving car coming around them to the left and swerving into their right hand lane to cross Memorial Bridge. I have a near miss at least once a week at this intersection during rush hour and it's only a matter of time before there's a serious accident.· Reported by Missing lane markers on Memorial Circle - Extremely hazardous during heavy traffi · Flag Flagged
4301-4399 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, Virginia
The crosswalk on N Fairfax Dr at the corner with N Utah St is in a high pedestrian traffic area with 2 lanes of cars both directions. There is a marked crosswalk, yield triangles painted on the pavement, yellow "Heavy Pedestrian Traffic" signs, and a "Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk, $100-500 violation fine" sign in the other direction. And yet cars DO NOT yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. It's a high traffic area as well (and cars regularly exceed the 30mph speed limit when they can), so pedestrians regularly have to risk getting hit if they want to use that crosswalk -- you basically have to step out in front of cars and judge that they have enough time to stop. I've experienced this first-hand on EVERY occasion I use that crosswalk and just the other day saw a fellow pedestrian crossing the other way almost get hit from both traffic directions. It's also extremely treacherous once you've crossed halfway and the other direction of cars refuse to yield.
Is it possible to request/recommend the addition of those neon yellow State Law yield signs? It seems like the only thing that cars pay attention to in that area.
Custis Trail Arlington, Virginia
A stop sign was posted about a year ago on the custis trail at the parking lot exit from the Marriott Hotel onto Lee Highway. This is a sidewalk/trail and a driveway exit...not a place where a stop sign can legally be required for pedestrians/cyclists. It's also unclear if the Arlington County is responsible for posting this sign to begin with. Cars coming out of that exit must to yield to pedestrians/bicycles and placing a stop sign on the trail only helps to legitimize failure to yield behavior from drivers. It's also unclear - is the stop sign for all trail users or just bikes? A similar stop sign at Custis Trail and Scott street was removed for this same reason.
Better yet, Arlington County should consider removing that exit from the hotel altogether. It has poor sight-lines for all users and there has been more than one crash there, especially given that drivers entering onto Lee Highway often fail to look right for foot/bicycle traffic due to the one-way nature of Lee Highway. Traffic can easily exit the Marriott parking lot (including large buses) through the existing Ft. Meyer Drive entrance/exit.· Reported by JC · Flag Flagged
4200 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22203, USAPeople park illegally in the no parking zones outside 4121 Wilson all the time. As you can see, this blocks all view of fast oncoming traffic as you exit the garage. I have already been in 1 accident as a result.
S Fern St Arlington, VA 22202, USAThe morning gridlock around the Pentagon parking lot, especially on the South side from I-95 continues to be extremely difficult and dangerous. Pentagon police continue to wave traffic through from two other directions and hold up traffic from the HOV and regular lanes coming into South Parking indefinitely. The entire parking lot is extremely poorly designed where pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic impeed or cross over one another greater than 50 times. This parking lot needs new solutions, a new design and traffic cops who can understand the traffic situation from all directions. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic must be separated so that there is a clear path to the entrance rather than having to cross heavy traffic countless times. As a suggestion they could look at several successful models at Airports where vehicular traffic never really needs to stop and there is little interruption between the pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns.· Reported by Joseph Fordham · Flag Flagged