\r\nBy Mike Salmon\r\nALEXANDRIA,VA- The traffic patterns on Seminary Road have been the subject of much examination over the last two years, and after gathering data, devising a \u201croad diet\u201d plan and presenting it to the public, the question remains: What is to become of Seminary Road?\r\nA petition was signed by 148 residents in the Seminary Road area stating, \u201cWe wish to present our opposition to the lane reductions in the city alternatives. We want to retain four vehicle lanes on Seminary Road\u201d\r\nThe City Traffic and Parking Board and staff developed a 285-page analysis, which will be presented to city council in September, and will look at three alternatives, with a recommendation for the stretch of Seminary Road between N. Howard Street and N. Quaker Lane. Council will vote on the measure on Sept. 10.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve heard a lot of feedback,\u201d Sarah Godfrey, the Public Information Officer for the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services said.\r\nThe city looked at the public input since spring 2018, and found that drivers were concerned with the speeds on Seminary Rd., and reported that turning on and off the roadway was a challenge. Pedestrians were also concerned with a sidewalk right next to the road with no buffer, and the distance between safe crossings.\r\n\u201cThe Traffic and Parking Board's recommendation to the T&ES Director was to maintain four vehicle travel lanes (two in each direction) and establish two HAWK (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon) Crossings,\u201d notes the Seminary Road Complete Streets Project page on the city\u2019s website. \u201cOne at Gaillard\/Chapel Hill Bus Stop pair and another to be determined between St. Stephen's Road and Ft. Williams Parkway.\u201d\r\nHillary Orr, the deputy director for transportation, estimated that 70 people have made comments. She also said that a road diet, or lane reduction, was used on King Street a couple of years ago with much success.\r\nAn evaluation of that King St. road diet concluded that \u201ccrashes have gone down in that corridor,\u201d Orr said. \u201cThere\u2019s excess capacity on Seminary Road.\u201d\r\nGoing On A Diet\u2026 A Road Diet\r\nInitially, the City of Alexandria as planners looked to put the busy east-west thoroughfare on a \u201croad diet,\u201d going from four lanes to two with a turn-lane in the center. In June, this idea was presented to implement changes on Seminary Road from the I-395 interchange to Quaker Lane. Up near the I-395 interchange, the lanes will remain the same but the area will be considered for short-term and mid-term improvements. Between North Howard Street and Saint Stephens Road, the move will close a \u201cmajor sidewalk gap,\u201d and provide safer crossings.\r\nPedestrian fixes are also still part of the plan for the area by Hammond Middle School and I-395. A proposal will be turned in for installing high-visibility crosswalks at Seminary Road and Kenmore Avenue; widen sidewalks where possible; install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs), and No Turn on Red restrictions to increase pedestrian safety at Seminary Road and North Pickett Street and Seminary Road and North Jordan Street.\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s ultimately council\u2019s decision, the community will have a chance to weigh in,\u201d Orr said, adding that if the decision for four lanes is finalized, there will be \u201clikely the same challenges there are today,\u201d on Seminary Road.