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Alexandria City Council backs plan to slim down Seminary Road, add bike lanes

Posted on Sep 20,2019
Filed Under News , Community,

By John Domen

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The Alexandria, Virginia, city council has passed a measure to reduce Seminary Road from four lanes to just two, with the remaining space accommodating more turn lanes and room for bicyclists.

The year-long study which led to the decision was capped off Saturday with another six hours of testimony and debate as the city pondered whether it was time for the road to be slimmed down. The study was so extensive, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson called it “draining.”

Support for keeping Seminary Road at its full four lanes came from many residents and civic associations along Alexandria’s west end, concerned that slower-moving traffic will result in more cars bypassing through residential streets unable to support the increased load.

“It’s an arterial road,” exclaimed James Ray, one of over 100 people signed up to testify both for and against the proposed changes. “We are not a small French village. No one rides their bikes to work and stops off to get a baguette on the way home. We need to get to grocery stores, we need to move around.”

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