The vision for future McLean streetscapes is described in the Open Space Design Standards developed by the McLean Planning Committee in a series of public meetings starting in 1997 and made part of the Comprehensive Plan in 1998. MRC secured funding to test the viability of these concepts, estimate their costs, and recommend an approach to implementation.
Phase I of the McLean Streetscape Demonstration Project, completed almost five years ago, provided brick crosswalks at the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Westmoreland Street.
Phase II of the Demonstration Project has now also been completed. It includes new sidewalks (alternating brick and concrete) and landscaping along Old Chain Bridge Road from Westmoreland Street to Cedar Avenue. In addition, a center-raised landscaped median designed to facilitate pedestrian safety, was constructed in Chain Bridge Road from west of Spring Vale Avenue to Cedar Avenue. The Project is designed to provide traffic calming and facilitate pedestrian safety, as well as to enhance the Chain Bridge Gateway to the CBC.
The next area for streetscape improvement has been identified for a TEA-21 grant request and will coordinate with the effort to underground utilities to ensure that any sidewalk replacement includes elements of the approved streetscape plans, including brick pavers, updated lighting, and landscaping. This area is located around the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Old Dominion Drive between Corner Lane and Laughlin Avenue.