Riverside Drive Improvements

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.

What are the issues?

There are no sidewalks or crosswalks along most of Riverside Drive. Pedestrian fatalities and injuries have occurred throughout the corridor. Clusters of angle and rear-end crashes occur at several intersections. Locations with the highest potential for safety improvement include:

  • Old Riverside Drive at Riverside Drive
  • Riverside Drive between Piedmont Drive and Westover Drive
  • Riverside Drive between Piney Forest Road and Audubon Drive

Median openings and driveways are spaced closely together, creating multiple conflicts.


This study will identify improvements to improve safety, better manage access, and address operational issues.  

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