The City has been brainstorming ideas for ways to improve Boscawen Street in order to:
- Improve safety at the Loudoun Street intersection
- Replace the road surface at the Loudoun Street intersection
- Improve stormwater drainage
Since the Loudoun Street Mall was redeveloped in 2013, the pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Boscawen Street has increased immensely. The City is looking into ways to improve the area and is considering closing Boscawen Street from Indian Alley to Cameron and including that section as part of the pedestrian mall.
The FY18 approved budget included $100,000 for design services for this project but the cost for services was less than the budgeted amount. Once the conceptual drawings are completed, staff will present the concept designs to City Council. If Council is interested in pursuing the project further, the City will hold a public input open house to gather feedback from the community before presenting the project to Council for consideration. The decision on whether to close Boscawen to vehicular traffic will be made by Council following the public input session.
More information will be posted when available.
DID YOU KNOW?
Boscawen Street was originally called Water Street because of the road would often flood following rainstorms.
Photo courtesy of the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society