Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lawyers Road featured in national road diet guide

In 2009 VDOT converted Lawyers Road from four lanes normal travel lanes to two normal lanes, two bike lanes, and a center turn lane,  known as a "road diet." The main goal of the project was to reduce motor vehicle crashes. It also created a safer road for all road users. The project was the first in Virginia and has been a huge success, reducing crashes by over 70%.

The Federal Highway Administration recently published the "Road Diet Informational Guide" that users Lawyers Road as the case study. VDOT staff provided input to the guide's authors based on their experience with road diets in Virginia. In 2011 a second road diet in Reston converted Soapstone Drive from four lanes to two lanes and bike lanes, providing good bike access to the new Wiehle-Reston East Silver Line station.

See our coverage of the Lawyers Road and Soapstone Drive projects.

We are fortunate to have some very forward thinking engineers in the Northern Virginia District of VDOT who are willing to experiment with new road treatments that make some of our roads safer for everyone.

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Arlington County had implemented several road diets on its local mutlilane minor arterials starting nearly a decade before the Lawyers Road project, so Lawyers Road was not the first road diet in Virginia, just the first by VDOT.

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