18th Street South Complete Street Project – Eads Street to Fern Street


18th Street South Complete Street, Arlington, VA 22202  View Map

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Construction anticipated to start in December 2021

What to expect during construction:

  • There will be lane closures along 18th Street South during construction hours, with two lanes available in each direction during non-work hours.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Bike facilities will be temporarily shared with vehicle lanes until the protected bike lanes are striped and marked.
  • Street parking will not be available along 18th Street South between Fern and Eads Streets.
  • The Capital Bikeshare station at Eads Street and 18th Street will be temporarily relocated.


    About the Project

    DES-18thStCompleteStreet-current_conditions-1024x576.jpg This project will rebuild 18th Street South between Fern and Eads Streets in order to continue the existing South Hayes Street protected bike lane further east, helping to improve the connection between the core of Pentagon City and Crystal City.

    The intersection of 18th Street South and South Fern Street will be rebuilt to remove the slip lane and reduce crossing distances. This will improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety at the intersection.

    Also, the project will reduce the amount of impervious surfaces, add stormwater retention, replace a water main and upgrade the streetscape.

    Transportation improvements along 18th Street South are identified in the Crystal City Sector Plan.

    On June 12, 2021, the County Board approved the award of a contract to Ardent Company, LLC for construction of the 18th Street South Complete Streets Project.

    Project schedule:

    • Anticipated construction start – Fall 2021
    • Anticipated construction completion – mid-2023


    Public Process

    On Nov. 13, 2019, County staff presented to the Aurora Highland Civic Association on transportation improvements in the Crystal City and Pentagon City area, highlighting the 18th Street South project.

    In early 2021, the project team shared a video presentation that provides an overview of the project and plans for construction:



    The total project cost is estimated at $5.3 million in the FY 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Plan, with funding from Arlington’s Transportation Capital Fund and an Arlington fund dedicated to infrastructure investment in Crystal City.