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Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) STARS Study

Assessing improvements between I-495 in Fairfax County and I-395 in the City of Alexandria

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
March 2021

Est Completion Date
Summer 2022


$195,000 (Study)

Lengths and Limits
I-495 to I-395 (~ 4 mi)

Alexandria and Fairfax

Northern Virginia

Waqas Siddiqui
Traffic Engineering

About the Study

This STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) study is assessing potential operational, safety and accessibility improvements for about four miles of Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) between I-495 in Annandale and I-395 in Alexandria.

The study is assessing existing traffic and safety conditions along Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) and congestion that occurs during morning and evening peak periods. The study team solicited public input regarding corridor priorities during virtual public involvement in June-July 2021. This feedback was used to help develop potential operational, safety and accessibility alternatives that were evaluated and presented at a virtual public information meeting in May 2022.

Potential study improvements being assessed include:

  • Innovative intersection enhancements at Backlick Road
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Minor Lane
  • Raised medians between Markham Street and John Marr Drive
  • Traffic signal and crosswalks at Green Spring Road
  • Improved traffic flow from eastbound Route 236 to I-395

Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) averages about 55,000 vehicles a day within the study limits based on 2019 data.

Begin Study - March 2021
Virtual Public Involvement - June-July 2021
Virtual Public Information Meeting - May 2022
Study Completion - Summer 2022


Virtual Public Information Meeting VideoEnglish Presentation, Korean Presentation, Spanish PresentationNews ReleaseAd and Meeting Details - May 2022

Virtual Public Involvement English Presentation, Spanish Presentation, Korean Presentation and News Release - June-July 2021

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