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National Park Service Releases GW Parkway Safety Study

Today the National Park Service released its long-awaited George Washington Memorial Parkway safety study. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) commissioned the study to determine how to improve safety in its sections south of the City of Alexandria in Fairfax County. The Parkway has been the site of several serious crashes recently, sending motorists to the hospital and snarling traffic.

“Traffic volume and higher speeds on the Parkway have been a longstanding concern,” said Beyer. “I commend the work of the National Park Service for the report’s thoroughness and am pleased to see the commitment to immediately implement safety improvements like restriping pavement and enhancing signage. I look forward to working with the community to evaluate and, where practicable, implement the study’s recommendations and to secure Federal funding that supports further safety improvements.” 

The study is part of a continued effort by Beyer and his colleagues Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, State Sen. Scott Surovell, State Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Paul Krizek, and U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on the Parkway.

The NPS safety study “George Washington Memorial Parkway: Traffic and Safety Context Sensitive Solutions Assessment” is available here with appendices here.