Contracts Approved to Improve Washington Blvd. Trail, Demolish Crysta

Published on September 16, 2017

  • Growing the County's trail network

  • Demolishing bridge to improve Crystal City street network, create more development space 

The Arlington County Board today approved two construction contracts: one to improve our north-south trail connections, and the other to remove the elevated South Clark Street roadway in Crystal City between 12th and 20th Streets South.

Washington Boulevard Trail improvements

The Board voted unanimously to authorize a $2.5 million contract with Fort Myer Construction Corporation to build phase two of the Washington Boulevard Trail project.

"This extension of the Washington Boulevard Trail will add to Arlington's trail network and better connect neighborhoods, public spaces and businesses around the Columbia Pike area with those along Arlington Boulevard and to the north," Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said. "By expanding our trail system, we're supporting healthful living, recreational fun and environmental sustainability by making Arlington an even better place to ride a bike."

The project will better connect the Columbia Pike area with Arlington Boulevard and the northern part of Arlington by creating a 10-foot wide asphalt trail along the western shoulder of Washington Boulevard, from the current end point near South Walter Reed Drive to Towers Park and South Rolfe and 9th Streets. A 95-foot-long prefabricated pedestrian bridge will be constructed, along with concrete retaining walls, protective railings, guard rails and storm drainage inlets. An earlier phase of this project was constructed along Washington Boulevard in 2009, extending from Arlington Boulevard to South Walter Reed Drive.

The new trail will link to an extra wide sidewalk, able to accommodate both bikers and pedestrians, being developed along Columbia Pike from the Washington Boulevard interchange to S. Joyce Street in Pentagon City. Learn more about the Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements Project, aimed at turning Columbia Pike into a safer, more accessible route for all users.

The new trail also will provide new access into Towers Park. Extending the network through the Penrose neighborhood will address limited north-south connectivity in this part of the County.

Extensive public engagement has taken place with the Penrose Civic Association and with County advisory commissions. The project is jointly funded by the County and the Virginia Department of Transportation and is expected to begin in fall/winter 2017. Construction is anticipated to last about 12 months.

To read the staff report for this item, view the agenda. Scroll down to Item No. 35.

Demolishing a Crystal City bridge to improve street network

The Board also voted unanimously to approve a $6.6 million contract with Neuber Environmental Services, Inc., to remove the elevated South Clark Street roadway in Crystal City between 12th and 20th Streets South. Removing the structure will improve the street network and create more development space in Crystal City, in accordance with the Crystal City Sector Plan.

After the roadway and its overhead bridges, abutments and retaining walls are removed new retaining walls, grass pavers and stormwater facilities, landscaping, traffic signals at 20th Street South and Route 1 will be added. Demolition is anticipated to start in fall 2017, with completion scheduled for late summer 2019.

The demolition also will create more space for pedestrian and bicycle access improvements to the Crystal City Metro Station, which is part of a future project. Funding for the demolition project comes from an Arlington fund dedicated to infrastructure investment in Crystal City.

To read the staff report for this item, view the agenda. Scroll down to Item No. 34.