In the Van Dorn-Landmark area of Alexandria, Virginia, a proposed redevelopment
transform the City’s automobile-dominated west end into a pedestrian friendly, urban
retail destination. Burgess & Niple (B&N) provided a traffic impact analysis and
developed multimodal concepts to complement the redevelopment plan.
Located minutes from Washington, D.C., the area is situated between two of the nation’s
busiest interstates and has an underutilized metro rail station and bus transit
system. The proposed redevelopment would change the streetscape into a network of
multimodal boulevards and increase travel demand in an already-congested area.
Working with a community advisory group, B&N proposed a solution that incorporates
mixed-use boulevards and accommodates a greater density of traffic. Components of
the plan include bike lanes, a grid of walkable streets, corridors for potential
bus rail transit or light rail transit, and multimodal access to other parts of
B&N adapted an area travel demand model to reflect the potential land use changes
using the microscopic simulation software VISSIM. The team also analyzed how drivers
would use the revised road network.
The final report included a recommendation for the best alternative traffic pattern
and infrastructure improvements for the Van Dorn-Landmark area. B&N worked with
the community advisory group to review the final plans.