Two projects in Alexandria will each receive $5 million from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA).
NVTA awarded the amounts as part of its six-year budget Adopted Thursday July 14. The two projects are: to make S. Van Dorn Street and its bridge more transit and pedestrian friendly for the West End Transitway, and to replace a good weather junction on the Holmes Run Trail, just behind William Ramsay Elementary School (5700 Sanger Ave).
The West End Transitway project is needed as a major redevelopment and a new bus rapid transit route are planned in the territory.
The South Van Dorn Street Bridge near Van Dorn Metro Station is a four-lane crossing that connects the Van Dorn neighborhood to Landmark just to the north. The project will design dedicated transit lanes for the future West End Transitway on S. Van Dorn Street and the Van Dorn Bridges between Metro Road and McConnell Avenue, a report states.
This project will also improve non-motorized facilities along the bridges for better connections between the new developments and the Van Dorn metro station. The existing Van Dorn Street Bridge has a narrow sidewalk along the east side and no cycling facilities.
The Holmes Run Trail crossing will be replaced with a pre-engineered pedestrian and cycle bridge.
“The project will provide trail users with continuous, safe and reliable access to the city’s off-street trail facilities, as well as other regional trails and the future West End Transitway,” according to the report.