Boscawen Street Improvements Project

Boscawen Street looking west from Cameron

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 substantially. The City is looking into ways to improve the area and is considering closing a portion of Boscawen Street between Indian Alley to Cameron and including that section as part of the pedestrian mall.

Opportunities for the community to submit feedback on the proposed options are coming soon.


Current Options

(As of July 23, 2019, subject to change)

Option #1

Close Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and Cameron Street. (PDF version)

Option 1 concept drawing

Option #2

Close Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and the parking lot entrance at City Hall. (PDF version)

Option 2 conceptual drawing

Option #3

Add safety bollards at either of the below locations and remove the decorative columns at the intersection of Boscawen and Loudoun Streets:

  1. On Boscawen at Indian Alley and Cameron Street intersections
  2. On the Loudoun Street Mall at Boscawen intersection

Option #4

Add a pedestrian safety signal and remove the decorative columns.


Public Input Opportunities

Coming Soon!


Background

  • 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. Option 4 would not close any portion of Boscawen and add a pedestrian safety signal at the intersection of Boscawen and Loudoun Street. 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