Alexandria unveils new plan to reduce cut-through traffic in residential neighborhood

Traffic at Duke and W. Taylor Run Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)
Traffic in Alexandria, Virginia, on W. Taylor Run Pkwy. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)

The city of Alexandria in Virginia has laid out a plan it hopes will keep drivers on major roadways and stop them from cutting through a residential neighborhood.

The Taylor Run Neighborhood has experienced a lot of cut through traffic from drivers looking for a quicker way to get to Interstate 395 and Telegraph Road. Residents said it causes a lot of accidents and makes the neighborhood streets unsafe.

Under a pilot program recently presented to the Alexandria Traffic and Parking board, the city will adjust signal timing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. along Duke Street and Quaker Lane to try and minimize the problem. It’s designed to incentivize drivers to stay on those roads.

Signals through the Taylor Run neighborhood will also be adjusted to make it a longer trip to cut though the neighborhood.

The pilot program will start in January and run through March. More details of the pilot program can be found here.

Kyle Cooper

Weekend and fill-in anchor Kyle Cooper has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years, Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP, Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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