March 21, 2022 | by Héctor Alejandro Arzate | DCist
Sonya Breehey, the Northern Virginia Advocacy Manager for CSG, says that the lengthy process of researching, funding, and building any long-term solutions – such as a road redesign – will take time. Still, she says simply reducing the speed limit, which is currently 40 mph, could lead to immediate improvements. She also says installing refuge medians and HAWK signals (which stand for High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon. It allows pedestrians to activate a flashing beacon alerting drivers to their crossing) would make it safer for pedestrians to cross the road.
“We really need to design this street to be safer for all users, not just the people driving,” said Breehey. “We hope to get some of these improvements, the near term ones, and then really start planning for the longer term.”