Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pleasant Valley Road diet scheduled for next week

As part of the summer repaving process VDOT is creating new bike lanes on Pleasant Valley Road in western Fairfax Co from just north of Route 29 to Virginia Run Elementary School. From the VDOT news release:
New striping for SB bike lane from Smithfield Pl/Martins Hundred Dr to Wetherburn Ct

CENTREVILLE—On Monday, August 17, weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin converting the right lane of southbound Pleasant Valley Road to a five-foot-wide bicycle lane and seven-foot-wide buffer from the Smithfield Place/Martins Hundred Drive intersection to Wetherburn Court. The work is scheduled for completion Friday, August 21.
The new bike lane striping is being added in order to reduce speeding, improve safety and to give southbound cyclists another way to travel along Pleasant Valley Road. A shared-use path runs parallel to the northbound side of the road.
In 2005, concerns over speeding vehicles prompted northbound Pleasant Valley Road to undergo a similar “road diet” from Route 29 to just north of Martins Hundred Drive. The average speed of northbound vehicles declined as a result.
This “road diet” practice has been used successfully on several roads in northern Virginia, where in certain locations elements such as left-turn lanes and bicycle lanes can replace travel lanes to help reduce speeding, improve mobility for cyclists, and increase safety for all users.
See more on the Soapstone Drive, Lawyers Road (photos on Flickr) and Oak Street projects.

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