ANCC Trail Connector
This project has passed through a number of planning stages, with CIP funding provided in 2018. The project is presently in a pre-design, conceptual development stage with robust public engagement anticipated as a key source of pre-design feedback on the constraints and opportunities of the project.
The project is located along an easement that lies parallel to I-395, extending from the Hoffman Boston campus at the end of 13th Rd. S. to Memorial Drive at the entrance to the Army Navy Country Club.
About the Project
The planning basis of support for the project extends from the 1994 Bicycle Transportation Plan through the 2019 MTP Bike Element and 2019 Public Spaces Master Plan. The Pentagon City Sector Plan adopted in early 2022 provides additional planning support for adjacent multimodal enhancement projects such as the ANCC Trail Connector project.
The project will provide a new trail connection between Memorial Drive at the ANCC entrance gate and 13th Rd. S. at the Hoffman-Boston campus. At the level of implementation, the goal is to improve multi-modal connectivity between the Arlington View and Arlington Ridge neighborhoods that are presently separated by Shirley Memorial Highway (I-395).
As a guide for design, the project will demand a novel approach to reclaiming the “lost space” of the project site, which is characterized by a narrow, linear easement with a steep grade change near its terminus at Memorial Drive.
The ANCC Trail Connector will engage the public in a conceptual visioning presentation, to discuss differing scenarios for potential design development. These preliminary scenarios have been vetted by County engineering staff based on site survey data, studies of built precedents across the U.S. and other countries, preliminary calculations of trail slope, cut/fill analysis, potential structural elements, and user safety requirements.
Key milestones for project development will include public engagement for conceptual visioning, soliciting online feedback on intermediate and final designs, and public notice at the time of construction.
Spring 2022 - Preliminary Alternatives
On April 27, 2022, the project team hosted a virtual public meeting to re-introduce the project to the community, cover the project background, history and goals, and walk through two preliminary design alternatives that have been advanced for community review and comment.
The project team accepted input through an online feedback form open for three weeks following the meeting. That feedback is now informing the project team as they work to select a concept to advance to the design and engineering phases.
A summary of what we heard is available below.
This project is entirely locally funded through the Transportation Capital Fund using local commercial and industrial (C&I) taxes, as well as NVTA Local funding.