North Sycamore Street Slated for Improvements

Published on July 15, 2017

  • Travel lanes to be reduced, new curb extensions, accessible ramps installed

  • Improved safety, mobility for pedestrians and transit users

  • Creating a boulevard feel for a neighborhood street

The Arlington County Board today approved a Neighborhood Conservation-funded street improvements project for North Sycamore Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

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"Through our Neighborhood Conservation program, the community has identified this project as important to them," County Board Chair Jay Fisette said. "These improvements will make North Sycamore Street a safer street for all who use it."

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve a $1.4 million contract with A&M Concrete Corporation for safety and street improvements to North Sycamore Street from 26th Street North to Williamsburg Boulevard. The project will reduce travel lanes from four lanes to two lanes by adding raised medians planted with trees and grass, and will install new curb extensions and accessible curb ramps. The changes will improve pedestrian safety and create a "boulevard" feel for the street.

The lane reduction request was part of the Williamsburg neighborhood's original Neighborhood Conservation Plan from 2000. In their updated plan, accepted by the County Board in June 2017, the neighborhood reiterated its support for this project.

The project also will include consolidating and relocating several bus stops and improving the storm sewer infrastructure.

About Neighborhood Conservation

Created in 1964, the Neighborhood Conservation program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. The goal is to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements including installation of sidewalks, curb and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification.

To read the staff report on this contract, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 26 on the Agenda for the Sat., July 15, 2017 Regular County Board Meeting.