The National Park Service is studying ways to improve safety on the George Washington Memorial Parkway between the City of Alexandria and Mount Vernon, and we want you to participate!
The NPS accepted comments online from drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and neighbors who use or live near the parkway. We also hosted a public meeting to share our work and possible actions we will take when the study is done. The NPS is using those comments to help inform our assessments of possible safety improvements along the parkway.
The part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway between the City of Alexandria and Mount Vernon originally opened in 1932 as the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. At the time of its construction between 1929 and 1932, the project's designers pioneered principles that influenced federal roadway projects throughout the nation. This part of the parkway was the first comprehensively designed modern motorway built by the federal government. It is based on the idea of a landscaped, park-like roadway corridor that protected riverfront lands. Its design provides early examples of limited access construction, gradeseparated intersections, cloverleaf interchanges, and landscape design, many of which are still in use today.
Last updated: September 6, 2019