Slow down: Speed limit to change on an Alexandria stretch of US 1
WASHINGTON — Drivers on a stretch of U.S. Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia, should get ready to slow down — fast.
The city announced Friday that they will reduce the speed limit on Route 1 between Slaters Lane and Four Mile Run — the Jefferson Davis Highway portion — from 35 mph to 25 mph starting Monday.
The city said in a statement that the change is a safety move. Between 2015 and 2017, 25 people were hurt, three seriously, in 106 crashes on the stretch of road where the speed limit is about to change, they said.
After recent speed limit reductions on King Street, Seminary Road and Quaker Lane, the average annual number of crashes fell by 53 percent, 40 percent and 33 percent respectively, the city said.
The speed limit change is part of Alexandria’s Vision Zero Action Plan, aimed at eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2028.
Thanks to Boy Scouts Jarrett and James for helping AFSS educate the public about street safety practices at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday. Great job boys!
Five AFSS crash survivors and an AFSS member whose father was killed by a traffic violating driver came together on Seminary Road in front of the Francis Hammond Middle School to draw attention that the month of June is one of the highest pedestrian and cyclists crash months in Alexandria. As AFSS members stood on the side walk cars were recorded traveling at 40+ mph in a 25 mph zone in front of the school. One pedestrian out of ten is killed when crashed into by cars traveling at 20 mph. Nine out of ten pedestrians are killed when cars crash into them at 40 mph. Speed Kills!