Arlington Transfers Lynn Street Esplanade Project Construction to VDO

Published on December 10, 2016

  • VDOT to use state-wide procurement system

  • Project to improve pedestrian, bicycle safety, traffic management

  • Board also approves award of public art contract

The County Board today approved an agreement to transfer construction of the Lynn Street Esplanade Project to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A contract also was awarded to artist Cliff Garten for the public art included in the project.

The Lynn Street Esplanade Project will bring pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as traffic management improvements on North Lynn Street in Rosslyn, and will feature a stainless steel Luminous Body lit sculpture at each of the four corners of the Interstate 66 bridge.

"This is an exciting project that will help us achieve our vision for Rosslyn," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "The "Corridor of Light' is a beautiful design that will create a memorable public space for all our residents, commuters and visitors who move through this heavily-travelled corridor."

Transfer of construction to VDOT

Under the transfer agreement, VDOT would use its state-wide procurement system to advertise, award and administer construction. Arlington has already completed the final engineering phase of work.

The transfer carries mutual benefits as the project is within state right-of-way and requires significant VDOT coordination and approvals. VDOT staff also has expertise in structural work required on Lynn Street over I-66.

VDOT will be providing construction management and inspection services that Arlington would otherwise have had to contract for separately.

Under the agreement, the state would be allowed to invoice Arlington for up to $5.7 million for construction services. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017.

Contract approved for public art

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve a $968,000 contract to artist Cliff Garten for the artwork of the Lynn Street Esplanade Project. The contract includes the fabrication and installation of four stainless steel, LED-lighted Luminous Body sculptures, which will be coordinated with the general construction schedule of the project.

Garten was selected by a panel of specialists and stakeholders and his design was unanimously approved by the Public Art Committee and the Arlington Arts Commission. The artwork will create an easily recognized and iconic entrance to the County from Key Bridge, Lee Highway and westbound I-66.

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 24 on the agenda for the Saturday, Dec. 20, 2016 County Board Meeting.


North Lynn Street, the Custis Trail and westbound Lee Highway are key transportation links that can pose challenges for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users. The Lynn Street Esplanade Project aligns with the goals of Arlington's Complete Streets program to expand safe travel options. The project includes widened sidewalks, intersection improvements, upgraded traffic signals, on-street bike lanes, new streetlights, new trees and the "Corridor of Light" Phase II public art elements.