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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #75 on: July 06, 2018, 06:26:54 PM »

This isn’t really road-related, but I figured people who read this thread might like the photo. Our relatives from Fort Myers visited us this week and yesterday we went to Mount Vernon and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. I had been to the latter once more than 30 years ago but didn’t remember much. This is the view of Old Town from the top (you can also see the Wilson Bridge, National Harbor, and the MGM). It’s well worth the $15 for the tour.



You can actually go inside of the Masonic National Memorial?

I did not know this. I will have to check it out.

They could use better publicity. I think a lot of people think it’s closed to the public, like the Mormon Temple, and I’m sure the common misuse of “Masonic Temple” (its not a temple) probably plays into the misconception.

We found it interesting. Lots of stuff about George Washington and his Masonic activity, which you don’t hear about at Mount Vernon. Lots of artifacts from his life, too. Of course the view from the top is the main thing. The elevator is of some interest. Note the shape of the memorial. The elevators (there are two) run up inclined shafts instead of straight up and down. There are only 20 such elevators in the USA.

I think it’s worth going if you haven’t been there before, especially if you know the area well. If your goal is to view DC, I’d say to go to the Old Post Office Tower (free—enter through the back of the Trump Hotel next to Starbucks from 12 Street) or the Episcopalian National Cathedral on Wisconsin Avenue (take the elevator to the 7th floor observation level). But to view Virginia, especially Alexandria, it’s hard to beat the Masonic Memorial. As I said, I hadn’t been there in well over 30 years, and none if the people I was with (including my wife) had ever been there.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #76 on: July 16, 2018, 07:47:07 AM »

I've always found it regrettable how much dead space there is so close the Metro and VRE/Amtrak stations. I realie the hill is hard to build on, but there's still alot of room along
Oh, I think all that green space is far better than more high-rises or new-construction townhouses.

Great shot, 1995hoo.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2018, 07:49:24 AM »

The elevators (there are two) run up inclined shafts instead of straight up and down. There are only 20 such elevators in the USA.
I’m pretty sure another one of those elevators is at the Huntington Metro.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #78 on: July 28, 2018, 10:02:11 AM »

The deck of the S. Clark Street bridge in Crystal City is gone. It's gone and it ain't coming back, part of a Crystal City renovation effort by Arlington County. Speculation is Amazon HQ2 will wind up in this neighborhood.

please reedit with permanent, publicly accessible images (ending in .jpg or other format)
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #79 on: July 28, 2018, 04:20:52 PM »

^ Since the mod asked...



Photo from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services.  More photos of the demolition process are in their Flickr album.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #80 on: December 05, 2018, 10:02:42 AM »

According to a community newsletter, Alexandria is going to impose no-right-on-red on southbound S. 28th street, leading onto King St westbound (https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8400656,-77.1056504,3a,75y,241.75h,86.78t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgSHs9td4XUVfIS00roZnHA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656), as well Park Center Dr, leading to King St eastbound (https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8370299,-77.1027965,3a,75y,55.18h,87.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2kJx83iddvSkmz7UkfNdWA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656). As you can see from the GSV, both of these intersections had the vague "No right on red when pedestrians are present" rule.

This is part of a larger citywide effort (Vision Zero) to improve road and crosswalk safety. I have a personal connection to the 28th Street intersection, as I was hit in the crosswalk by a right-turn-on-red back in 2015.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #81 on: January 08, 2019, 04:33:07 PM »

Regarding the US-1 discussion further up the thread, I just looked at Google Maps to check traffic info heading to the Caps game and I see they (unlike Apple Maps) have replaced the name Jefferson Davis Highway with Richmond Highway—but they incorrectly show the change as extending into Arlington County and on up Route 110 to Rosslyn (it applies only in Alexandria).

I have no idea whether the signs have been changed on Alexandria's part. We used that road on Dec. 31 coming back from a game, but of course the name change hadn't taken effect and there was no sign of any sign-replacement efforts. I doubt we'll go that way on our way home tonight unless something unusual happens on the highway.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #82 on: January 08, 2019, 05:26:04 PM »

^ A Patch article says that signs (as of last Thursday, the 3rd) are now posted.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #83 on: April 25, 2019, 08:23:43 PM »

Some local updates:

1) Arlington got a possibly-dodgy legal opinion from the Virginia Attorney General that the County can ask for, and likely receive, permission from the CTB, to rename US-1 from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway. Typically counties don't have the power to do that in VA, and downstate legislators support Jeff Davis, so they were going to be at an impasse. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/arlington-can-rename-jeff-davis-highway-without-going-through-legislators-ag-opinion-says/2019/03/22/c8cff8fc-4cb7-11e9-9663-00ac73f49662_story.html)

2) Alexandria is angling to remove a lane on Seminary Rd and institute a road diet (https://www.alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=103393) between Kenmore and Quaker.

3) HOT lane project on the northern end of 395 is progressing at a modest pace, still plenty of work to get done on it - my commute still features plenty of "cattle chute" stretches where there are no shoulders.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #84 on: April 25, 2019, 09:17:05 PM »

1) Arlington got a possibly-dodgy legal opinion from the Virginia Attorney General that the County can ask for, and likely receive, permission from the CTB, to rename US-1 from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway. Typically counties don't have the power to do that in VA, and downstate legislators support Jeff Davis, so they were going to be at an impasse. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/arlington-can-rename-jeff-davis-highway-without-going-through-legislators-ag-opinion-says/2019/03/22/c8cff8fc-4cb7-11e9-9663-00ac73f49662_story.html)

The article notes that one of Arlington's state senators doubted the CTB would approve the request to rename the Jefferson Davis Highway, and an Arlington member of the CTB was non-committal. We'll find out soon enough.

At least the CTB controls the renaming process, under the AG's opinion. That would throw another obstacle to some local efforts to rename Arlington's part of Lee Highway (most of which is US 29), as if the massive address changes that would require (much more so than with the short Jeff Davis segment in Arlington) weren't enough of a showstopper.

UPDATE: The Arlington County board voted yesterday to ask the CTB to rename Jefferson Davis Highway within Arlington County.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #85 on: May 15, 2019, 04:15:45 PM »

Looks like the Jeff Davis -> Richmond Highway transition is happening.

https://www.arlnow.com/2019/05/15/state-transportation-officials-approve-jefferson-davis-highway-renaming/

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Arlington will now join Alexandria and Fairfax in renaming Jefferson Davis Highway as “Richmond Highway.”

Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board unanimously approved changing the name for the highway, which is also known as U.S. Route 1, earlier this morning.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #86 on: July 15, 2019, 06:33:15 PM »

A new sign which bans right-on-red has been placed on 12th Street South, for turning north onto S. Hayes Street, immediately at the Pentagon City station. GSV doesn't have the sign yet, but I wanted to give the view of the intersection: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8629625,-77.0589273,3a,75y,299.58h,88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srzSlCDDb4PSLteiMlFGcEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

This is a very busy intersection, and will only get busier now that a new apartment building has been built. I often drive here, and I would rarely make a right-on-red when it was permitted, because I did not feel safe doing it with all the pedestrians nearby.
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Re: Alexandria/Arlington local roads
« Reply #87 on: July 17, 2019, 03:40:01 PM »

A new sign which bans right-on-red has been placed on 12th Street South, for turning north onto S. Hayes Street, immediately at the Pentagon City station. GSV doesn't have the sign yet, but I wanted to give the view of the intersection: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8629625,-77.0589273,3a,75y,299.58h,88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srzSlCDDb4PSLteiMlFGcEw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

This is a very busy intersection, and will only get busier now that a new apartment building has been built. I often drive here, and I would rarely make a right-on-red when it was permitted, because I did not feel safe doing it with all the pedestrians nearby.

This is indeed a busy area.  NTOR is justified with so much pedestrian activity.  IMO, at least in the DC area, NTOR should be the norm anywhere within 1/2 mile of most Metro stations.  Nearly all have significant levels of people walking, and walkable development is so strongly encouraged here.  Other safety measures like leading pedestrian intervals would also be helpful in such locales.
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