The National Park Service is conducting a traffic study along the southern portion of the GW Parkway, to include evaluating key intersections between Belle Haven and Mount Vernon Circle. Along with other regional leaders, I have been calling for safety improvements on the Parkway for decades. The study is anticipated to identify gaps in information and collect new data from residents and roadway users. The goal will be to evaluate key intersections to include Morningside Lane, explore automated traffic enforcement and speed reduction measures. This information will be used to develop recommendations to improve safety along the southern portion of the Parkway. Part of the process will include public engagement to obtain input from stakeholders, residents and other users. In addition to the study, the National Park Service is working to upgrade existing traffic monitoring devices. A final report is expected in late 2019.
Starting on July 11, the NPS will collect comments online from drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and neighbors who use or live near the parkway. We will also host a public meeting to share our work and possible actions we will take when the study is done.