VDOT to Correct Lane Striping Error on Old Lee Hwy

by ARLnow.com May 25, 2012 at 11:15 am 3,706 23 Comments

Parking has been temporarily restricted along the side of Old Lee Highway due to a lane striping error.

The VDOT-owned street was recently repaved, but the crew that added the double yellow line apparently failed to take parking on the eastbound side of the road into account. As a result, eastbound traffic has to partially cross into the westbound lane to get around parked cars. Residents worried that this posed a grave danger to drivers.

“It’s only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs,” one resident said on the Cherrydale neighborhood listserv.

Arlington County has now put up temporary no parking signs between Taylor and Randolph Streets, while VDOT prepares to re-stripe the lanes. Arlington County Director of Transportation Dennis Leach told the Cherrydale listserv that the work may be performed over the weekend.

“Weather permitting, parking and striping should [be] normal by Tuesday,” Leach said Wednesday night.


  • Rick

    This paving crew really botched things up, didn’t put up signs, didn’t warn drivers, sent people on detours… the striping company was just as bad. I commented on how bad the parking lane in front of Lee Heights looked, now this new strip of asphalt will have scrape marks from undoing lane lines. It wasn’t that flat to begin with, but it’s like a tattoo that says “I fail”

    • i actually have a tattoo that says “i fail” in cool ancient chinese lettering it’s really cool and all the chicks comment about how cool it is & how strong i am *howls & flexes muscles for u*

      • Harley

        Sounds like schticky situation!!

  • WeiQiang

    Same thing in my neighborhood, except that it doesn’t render the parking lane unusable … just acts as a “traffic calming device”.

    • Bender

      Exactly. I thought that lane narrowing was supposed to be a great thing that made driving safer.

  • Thes

    This surely would not have happened if there weren’t five Democrats on the Arlington County Board. Right? Someone explain this to me…

    • daniel


      • D'oh!


    • ConstantCritic

      Hmmm, this was done by the Republican controlled VDOT!

      • Arlingtoon

        The same crowd that didn’t know how to spell “Sycamore” on an exit sign.

  • courthound


    Now if they could fix that rumble strip of Washington Boulevard between 13th Street and Wilson/Clarendon Boulevards.

  • Steve S

    Something similar happened last year on 15th St S in Pentagon City as well. After repaving, there was a prolonged period of time with only temporary striping that took what was two skinny traffic lanes, a bike lane and parking and made it all two extremely wide traffic lanes. Chaos ensued when cars got to untouched areas that were accurately marked.

  • mick way

    It’s not Old Lee Hwy it IS Lee Hwy. What you think is New Lee Hwy is really Old Dominion Drive.

    Traveling west Lee technically veers off to the left at Koons Toyota and the main road magically becomes Old Dominion Drive until the BB&T bank where it magically becomes Lee Hwy again.

    You’re welcome.

    • SteamboatWillie

      And Old Dominion magically starts behind Rhinehart’s Garage.

      YOU’RE welcome.

  • drax

    Send VDOT to fix the travesty of the placement of trailers at Jamestown Elementary too!

    • WeiQiang


  • BreakPause02

    I’m sure that Arlington DES is high-fiving each other, but they’ve made more than their share of lane blunders involving parking — except they are on purpose and they are dangerous.

    • WeiQiang

      The South Joyce St “calming” between 15th & 16th scares the beJEEzus out of me. Rather, the seemingly skill-less drivers who navigate it while the softballers are arriving. mayhem

  • Stoneridge

    Most people in the neighborhood commonly refer to this stretch of road as Old Lee. Of course they know it’s just Lee.

  • enough already

    C’mon people. That road was narrowed on purpose. It’s only meant for bikes, no cars. It’s the Arlington way

    • WeiQiang

      Don’t be disrespectful … we know that’s not true because there are no bollards.

    • Stoneridge

      One can hope. So many cars go around the buses at their stops — against the double yellow line.

  • OldLee

    The Koon’s folks will be happy, as parking along this stretch is almost exclusively by Koon’s employees during the day.


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