Trail Waiver# 6562-WTL-001-1:
|Article Prepared By Robert Michie
sidewalk and Trails Committee, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 11 March 2007
Browne Academy is an independent, coeducational, day school in Alexandria, Virginia, serving 275 students in preschool through 8th grade. Browne Academy is adding a two-story building to their property. Substantial construction and other work are proposed in the site plan. The applicant is required to provide an 8-foot wide Type 1 trail along its property frontage. Applicant’s request: Relocate the trail "closer to where it will actually be used," or wave the trail requirement completely for the following reasons:
Map 1: Map of Subject Area
Telegraph Road has intermittent sidewalks on its East and West sides from Wilton Road to Burgundy Road. These sidewalks were constructed with widths varying from four feet to five feet eight inches. The typical width in the vicinity of the Browne Academy is four feet ten inches. As elsewhere in Fairfax County, sidewalks often come to abrupt ends, and are not always continued on the other side of the street.
The sidewalk segment in the vicinity of Browne Academy begins at Florence Lane and runs North on Telegraph Road. The East (Browne Academy) side of the street's sidewalk switches from concrete construction to asphalt trail within 15 yards, and remains as an asphalt trail until it terminates at a County bus stop for the last 20 yards of its run. It has an interesting feature of veering away from the road and joining the Browne Academy property line in the vicinity of Lot 31a shown on Map1. Finally, Photo 2 shows the trail making a sharp turn and ending at a concrete hard stand that serves as a bus stop. Across Telegraph Road on the West side of the street is the intersection with Sharon Chapel Road.
The trail provides alternate walking access to a day care center located in the building on Lot 31a, as well as a northbound walking path for residents coming from Florence Lane. There is a 20 yard segment gap between the Bus Stop and the Browne Academy driveway.
The setback from the street is an interesting and useful feature. Sidewalks and trails located a yard or more from a street do not get buried when streets are snow plowed. They will also clear themselves in a few days. Sidewalks only a foot or two from a street will be buried deep, and may take weeks to clear by themselves.
Four single family homes connecting to Telegraph Road are North of Browne Academy. There is no sidewalk frontage, but there is a five-foot wide paved shoulder extending from the driveway of 5909 Telegraph Road (next to the School's driveway) to the intersection of Marl Pat Drive where the concrete sidewalk extends all the way to Huntington Avenue. A thirty foot strip of asphalt is needed in the area to repair broken asphalt on the shoulder. Once in place, pedestrians can use the shoulder as a sidewalk until a permanent one is installed as part of future improvements.
Field Check 16 December 2006
Second Look 11 March 2007
Deny the Waiver on the following grounds:
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