Boscawen Street Improvements Project

Boscawen Street looking west from Cameron

The City of Winchester has been exploring options to improve pedestrian safety along Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and Cameron Street. Since the Loudoun Street Mall improvements were completed in 2013, the pedestrian traffic in this area has increased substantially and there are times when there are thousands of people enjoying various activities on and around the Mall. In order to protect the safety of pedestrians, improvements must be made and three different options have been developed for Council’s consideration.

We need your feedback and opinion on these options that are described in more detail below. Your feedback will be presented to City Council at a Work Session in November. 

Public Input Opportunities

We want your input concerning the above options for improving the safety on Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and Cameron Street. 

Opportunity #1 - Input Sessions

Attend one of the following opportunities, review the three options and provide your feedback:

Date/Time Location
Wednesday, 10/2
4-6 pm
Rouss City Hall
15 N. Cameron St
4th Floor Exhibit Hall
Thursday, 10/3
11 am-2 pm
Loudoun Street Mall
In front of the 
1840 Courthouse
Friday, 10/4
11 am-2 pm
Loudoun Street Mall
In front of the 
1840 Courthouse

Opportunity #2 - Survey

Complete the online survey by October 18, 2019.

Click here to take the survey


Current Options

(As presented at the July 23, 2019 Council Work Session. Subject to change based on public input and Council discussion.)

Option #1:

Close Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and Cameron Street to through traffic. Estimated cost: $2,500,000.

This option includes:

  • Installation of gateway structures and automated safety bollards at both Cameron Street and Indian Alley (same as the bollards currently in place on Loudoun Street at both Piccadilly and Cork Streets)
  • Allowance for outdoor cafes, enhanced landscaping, and the replacement of existing surface materials with new bricks and pavers (same as the pedestrian mall)
  • Improved surface water drainage in this section of Boscawen Street
  • Allowance for delivery vehicles on Boscawen between 6:00-10:30 am (same as Loudoun Street)
  • Modifications to the parking lot behind City Hall

Option #1 would make the most impact on pedestrian safety when compared to the other two options.

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Option 1 concept drawing

Renderings for Option 1

Option #2:

Close Boscawen Street to through traffic between Indian Alley and the parking lot entrance at City Hall. Estimated cost: $2,350,000.

This option would include the following elements:

  • Installation of gateway structures and automated safety bollards at both the parking lot exit behind City Hall and Indian Alley (same as what are currently in place on Loudoun Street at both Piccadilly and Cork)
  • Would allow for outdoor cafes, enhanced landscaping, and the replacement of existing surface materials with new bricks and pavers
  • Would improve surface water drainage in this section of Boscawen Street
  • Delivery vehicles would be allowed daily on Boscawen between 6:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (same as Loudoun Street)

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Option 2 conceptual drawing

Option 2 Renderings

Option #3:

Add automated safety bollards in four locations. Estimated cost: $1,150,000.

This option would include the following elements:

  • Installation of automated safety bollards on Loudoun Street on both the north and south sides of Boscawen.  These bollards would be opened every day between 6:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to allow for delivery vehicles on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall.
  • Installation of automated safety bollards on Boscawen Street at both Indian Alley and Cameron Street.  These bollards would only be closed during special events or periods with a high amount of pedestrian traffic.  Vehicular traffic would be allowed on Boscawen when the bollards are open.
  • Removal of the four decorative columns at the Loudoun/Boscawen intersection to improve visibility
  • Replacement of the surface materials at the Loudoun/Boscawen intersection with decorative asphalt

Option 3 schematic


Background

  • September-October 2019 - Staff solicits input from the community on the three proposed options.
  • July 23, 2019 Council Work Session - Public Services Director Perry Eisenach provided additional options and traffic counts. Option one would close Boscawen between Indian Alley and Cameron Street. Option 2 would close Boscawen between Indian Alley and the parking lot exit behind City Hall. Option 3 would install safety bollards on Boscawen near Cameron and Indian Alley. Council directed staff to solicit community input on the proposed designs which would be brought back to City Council at a future date for further discussion and consideration.
  • July 9, 2019 Council Work Session - Public Services Director Perry Eisenach presented a design concept for a possible modification of the Loudoun Street pedestrian mall that would involve closing a portion of Boscawen Street. Council requested further information and additional option be brought back to the next meeting for further discussion. 
  • The FY18 approved budget included $100,000 for design services for this project.

Did You Know?

Boscawen Street was originally called Water Street because of the road would often flood following rainstorms.

Water Street

Photo courtesy of the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society