South Eads Street Complete Street – 12th Street S to 15th Street S
South Eads Street from 15th Street South to 12th Street South, 22202 View Map
The project team is developing preliminary designs for complete street improvements on the east (northbound) side of the corridor segment and scheduling engagement opportunities to incorporate public feedback into the design process.
- Public engagement on existing conditions – Spring 2021
- Concept design – Summer to Winter 2021
- Public engagement on concept design - Winter 2021/2022
- Final concept design – Spring-Summer 2022
- Final engineering & design – Summer 2022 - Summer 2023
- Procurement for construction – Summer 2023 - Spring 2024
- Anticipated construction start – Spring 2024
- Target construction completion – Spring 2025
About the Project
This project will provide complete streets upgrades along the northbound side of South Eads Street between 12th Street South and 15th Street South to improve travel conditions for all road users. The southbound side of the street will receive improvements as part of the Met Park Phase 6-8 development.
The existing streetscape on the northbound side includes a partially protected bike lane, inconsistent sidewalk , and a lack of street lighting. Improvements being investigated include adding physical protection to the existing bike lane, reconstructing and realigning sidewalks, adding street lighting, and making necessary utility modifications and upgrades. Together, these improvements will create a safer, more accessible, and more comfortable environment for all users of the street.
South Eads Street Complete Street corridor
The Master Transportation Plan, Crystal City Sector Plan and corresponding Crystal City Multimodal Transportation Study call for South Eads Street to be reconstructed into a complete street – a safe environment for all travel modes including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and vehicles.
The width and cross section of South Eads Street varies from north to south. The cross section is the configuration of all elements along the street – sidewalk, landscape area, parking lanes, etc. The existing condition of the pavement on South Eads Street is poor and the layout of the street is primarily oriented toward vehicular use.
In fall 2014, the County implemented a pilot project to convert South Eads Street into a complete street. The pilot project realigned South Eads Street between 15th Street South and 23rd Street South in the existing curb-to-curb space to accommodate all modes of travel. The four-lane roadway was converted into three lanes: two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane, with a new protected bike facility. Pedestrian crossings were upgraded and parking lanes reconfigured.
Since the installation of the pilot segment, other bike facilities have been added to the remainder of the corridor between South Glebe Road and 12th Street South.
Additional work is underway to further improve the segment of South Eads Street between 12th Street South and Army Navy Drive – learn more on the project page.
Concept Design Engagement
This concept design engagement phase centers on a concept design for this corridor that incorporates the Met Park 6/7/8 development streetscape plans. The concept design was developed by the project team to incorporate feedback received in the existing conditions engagement into the designs for this corridor. This engagement featured a virtual public meeting and an online feedback form.
Existing Conditions Engagement
Preliminary public engagement has been completed for this segment of the South Eads Street complete street corridor. We asked to hear from you about your experiences with this street as it exists today, so we can incorporate your feedback into a concept design for the future of this segment. This engagement focused on the east (northbound) side of the street. The feedback form was open from April 9 to April 23, 2021.
Adjacent Development / Project Scoping
Prior to engagement for this capital project, this segment of South Eads Street was discussed as part of engagement related to the Met Park Phases 6-8 development. During that process, the developer agreed to add improvements along the west side of the street as part of their project. These improvements include a protected bike facility, new signals and safety elements and an expanded sidewalk. Additional details are available on the project website for the development application.
The total project cost is estimated at $5.6 million. Funding comes from local commercial and industrial tax revenues dedicated to transportation and the County’s infrastructure investment fund for Crystal City.