Why is Riverside Drive Being Studied?
Safety and access issues exist along Riverside Drive. Riverside Drive has a high density of signalized intersections, unsignalized median openings, and driveways that do not meet VDOT access spacing standards. Many intersections and segments have high crash rates and potential for safety improvements. Multiple fatalities have occurred between 2013 and 2018, including two pedestrians and a bicyclist. Multiple crashes resulting in pedestrian injuries have also occurred.
This study is part of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) STARS Program. The objective of STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) Program is to develop comprehensive, innovative transportation solutions to relieve congestion bottlenecks and solve critical traffic and safety challenges throughout the commonwealth. More information on the STARS Program can be found on their website.