Changes Coming to Challenging Clarendon Circle

Published on November 05, 2018

Clarendon-Circle-5-Wells-Fargo-corner-e1540833329622.jpg One of Arlington's most highly traveled and complex intersections is getting a makeover. The end result? A safer and more accessible area for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Work began last month on the intersection of Wilson, Clarendon and Washington boulevards ― known as Clarendon Circle ― a popular area that's home to some of Arlington's best-known businesses.

Improvements to this intersection were identified in the Clarendon Sector Plan, which was adopted by the County Board in 2006. When this project is complete, residents, businesses and visitors can expect a tighter intersection with shorter pedestrian crossings, wider sidewalks and improved alignment of Washington and Wilson boulevards.

"This project will bring a huge improvement to the experience of those walking or biking in the area, and make it easier for drivers to understand how vehicles should move through this large intersection," said Gabriela Vega, the County's project manager.

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Most notably, North Irving Street (next to Silver Diner) will be closed at the intersection, and green streets elements will be added. Closing this portion of Irving Street, which has low traffic volumes, will help make traffic operations simpler by reducing the number of streets at the intersection.

In addition, there will be upgraded traffic signals, new Carlyle streetlights, wider center medians at all crossings, curb extensions at the Liberty Tavern corner, new bike lanes and new street trees.

Residents and visitors should expect travel lane and sidewalk closures throughout construction, but no full road closures are planned. The first phase of construction will involve concrete work along eastbound Washington Boulevard, west of Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive.

Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

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Construction Details

  • Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, during activities that require a temporary lane closure.

  • Other activities may occur outside these hours, but this work will adhere to the Arlington's Noise Ordinance.

  • No weekend work is expected.

  • Detour signage will direct vehicles and pedestrians around construction zones.