For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
Changes are coming to the speed limits along Seminary Road between I-395 and Quaker Lane, as well as Quaker Lane between Duke Street and Braddock Road. As recommended by the Alexandria Traffic and Parking Board in February, City Manager Mark Jinks has approved a request to reduce the speed limits from 35 mph to 25 mph on these segments.
The change was initiated after neighbors raised concerns about pedestrian and vehicular safety. The City conducted a study and concluded vehicles on both Seminary Road and N. Quaker Lane routinely travel in excess of 45 mph and each street has experienced more than 60 crashes over a five-year period. More than 250 residents signed a petition in support of the speed limit changes. Staff will perform a follow-up study this fall to evaluate compliance and the impact the reductions have made.
The speed limit change will take effect on Friday, March 25, followed by increased enforcement. Variable message boards alerting drivers of the change have been placed on both Seminary Road and Quaker Lane. Speed indicator signs will also be installed along these corridors this spring.
For more information on the reduced speed limits, visit www.alexandriava.gov/90314.