Safer Bicycle, Pedestrian Connections for South Walter Reed Drive

Published on May 19, 2018

The Arlington County Board today approved a $1.8 million contract to A & M Concrete Corporation to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections on a short but critical segment of South Walter Reed Drive, between South Four Mile Run Drive and South Arlington Mill Drive.

The project will provide safer connections between two of Arlington's busiest trails: Washington & Old Dominion and Four Mile Run. It also will improve access to Shirlington, provide more support to transit users, motorists and Arlington County service vehicles that rely on this connection, and fulfill the County's Stormwater Management Ordinance by reducing impervious surfaces in the area.

"We continue to work on many fronts to make Four Mile Run Valley even more inviting, accessible and vibrant," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "This important project will make it safer and easier for the many bicyclists and pedestrians who enjoy to the popular Washington & Old Dominion and Four Mile Run Trails." The Board voted unanimously to approve the contract.


Part of the County's Complete Streets program, the project will install wider shared sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists between the Washington & Old Dominion and Four Mile Run Trails. It also will upgrade curb ramps for ADA-compliant access, build curb extensions, and enlarge the pedestrian refuge at South Arlington Mill Drive. It will better support transit users by providing ADA-compliant bus stops. Travel lanes will be widened and South Walter Reed Drive will be resurfaced. Street lights will be installed and traffic signals will be upgraded to better serve motorists.

Impervious surfaces will be reduced by replacing unnecessary pavements with native shrubs, ornamental grasses and street trees.

Public engagement

The County engaged the public on the conceptual development process for this project beginning in Winter 2014/15 through Winter 2015/2016. Targeted property owners, civic and condo associations and other stakeholders within a block of the project site were contacted and involved in the process. Staff held several meetings with stakeholders, involving them with the preliminary and revised concept plan.


Estimated cost of the project has risen $207,000 from the Fiscal Year 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Plan, due to increased construction costs. The additional funding from Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) local funds will be added to fully fund the project.

Learn more about the South Walter Reed Drive Complete Streets project. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 29 on the agenda for the Saturday, May 19, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.