Date set for Park Service meeting on GW Parkway safety

Cars being towed from scene
A taxi cab and Volkswagen are towed from the scene of April’s deadly wreck on the GW Parkway.

The National Park Service will be hosting a public meeting about George Washington Memorial Parkway safety concerns later this month at Walt Whitman Middle School.

The Park Service says it will share recently compiled data at the meeting, and allow members of the public to share their concerns and ideas about how to improve the parkway “while protecting the parkway’s scenic appearance and historic character.”

In late 2017 the Park Service was directed to begin a safety study of intersections along the stretch of the parkway between Old Town and Mount Vernon. That section of roadway has been the scene of numerous serious accidents in recent years, including a June 2016 accident involving a tour bus that killed one person and left 15 others injured. In April, another person was killed and three more were seriously injured after a head-on collision south of Tulane Drive.

The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. on July 11. Walt Whitman Middle School is located at 2500 Parkers Lane (see map). Rep. Don Beyer (D-8), who announced the meeting to constituents in an email on Monday, has a survey posted here that can be taken by residents regardless of whether they attend the meeting. And starting June 11, the public will also be able to weigh in on Parkway safety concerns in an online survey hosted by the Park Service.


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