Changes are coming to the Boundary Channel Drive and I-395 interchange. VDOT held a virtual design public hearing on Nov. 5. to discuss the agency’s plans “to upgrade the Boundary Channel Drive interchange at I-395 to improve safety, traffic flow and enhance accessibility and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Boundary Channel Drive runs along the northeast side of the Pentagon and under I-395, before connecting with Long Bridge Drive, near Long Bridge Park and the new (but yet to open) aquatics center.
Among the planned changes are:
- Reducing Boundary Channel Drive from four lanes to two
- Adding a ten-foot-wide path/sidewalk on either side of the road
- Installing roundabouts on either side of I-395
- Reconfiguring the highway ramps
- Adding crosswalks
- Creating a new shared-use path that links the Mount Vernon Trail to Long Bridge Park
“In lieu of an in-person hearing, VDOT invites residents and travelers to learn more, participate in the virtual hearing and give feedback,” the agency said in a press release. “Once the hearing is complete, the recorded presentation will be available online. Project materials and details are also available at virginiadot.org/BoundaryChannel.”
The $20.4 million project is being paid for “with state (including Revenue Sharing), Arlington County and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding,” VDOT notes. The agency expects to start the process for selecting a design-build contractor this winter.