Two separate projects are currently being designed to beautify and improve Williamsburg Blvd. in the Rock Spring Civic Assoc. area, with a third project being considered to follow at a later stage. Collectively, the three projects would redevelop and enhance Williamsburg Blvd between Kensington St. and Glebe Rd.
Work on the section between Old Dominion Dr. and N. 35th St., has been delayed and is now projected to begin construction in the spring or early summer of 2014. Two public meetings have been held with residents. For details please view the County's webpage and presentation, including project map and illustrative photographs. The project will involve repaving the roadway plus significant improvements to the median, including: installation of curbs, tree planting, and conversion of the median between 33rd and 34th Rds N. to bio-retention rain gardens, i.e. landscaped basins that slow and clean polluted storm water run-0ff. This project, part of the Little Pimmit Run Watershed Retrofit Plan, is projected to begin construction later this year.
Median work on the section between Harrison Street and Edison St. is expected to begin in March, 2014. At RSCA's request, Neighborhood Conservation funding has been earmarked for this project's pedestrian safety and beautification work, including: grass, street trees and bio-retention in the medians from Harrison Street to North Edison Street; new sidewalk at 3401 Harrison Street and 5200 Williamsburg Boulevard to better align the roadway for traffic flow; improved pedestrian markings at the Harrison Street intersection; and reconfiguring the Kensington intersection to increase pedestrian safety via shorter crossing distances and nubs. The County held a neighborhood meeting on Jan. 28, 2014 to present the final design details for the median work. Links below provide a summary of that meeting with the agenda and design drawings presented. (Work on the redevelopment of the Harrison St. and Kensington St. intersections will follow at later dates yet to be determined.)
See the "Williamsburg Blvd./Kensington St. Intersection Redevelopment" folder in the documents section for a discussion and documents related to the debate concerning the design of the of the Williamsburg/Kensington intersection.
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