South Irving Street Neighborhood Complete Street Project

Location

South Irving Street from 6th Street South to 7th Street South, in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

Status

Planned

South Irving Street Neighborhood Complete Street Project map

This Neighborhood Complete Streets project has completed design work and community engagement. A final concept, informed by community feedback, will be shared with the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission at a public Funding Hearing, followed by approval of the Arlington County Board before in goes into detailed design phase.

Background

The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission affirmed the staff recommendation to move forward with this project as one of the first capital projects undertaken by the Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) program in September 2019. Staff began an initial effort of scoping, feasibility investigation, and public engagement. A concept design was then presented for public consideration and feedback.

Later, constraints related to street width emerged, and work slowed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though the project remained a priority for the NCS program. After an effort to redesign the project was complete, staff are returning to stakeholders in early 2022 with a revised concept design for feedback.

About the Project

The block of South Irving Street between 6th and 7th Streets South was nominated by residents in spring 2017 for Neighborhood Complete Streets consideration due to the lack of a complete sidewalk on either side of the street. This project is among the top problem street locations on the list, based on the Project Ranking Criteria.

The primary goal of this NCS project is to provide safe access by providing the missing sidewalk infrastructure for a contiguous sidewalk on one side of the block, consistent with the goals outlined in the County’s Master Transportation Plan. Limiting disruption to existing green space and on-street parking and avoiding utility conflicts in order to manage costs are also considerations in the goal of providing safe access. As with all County projects, County policies and engineering best practices will be used in the development of this project. The project included evaluation of the intersections of South Irving Street with 6th Street South and 7th Street South for modifications.

Final Concept - Spring 2022

After two rounds of community feedback, the project team has refined and finalized the project concept for consideration at the April 2022 Neighborhood Complete Streets Funding Hearing.

Public Process

The Neighborhood Complete Streets program is committed to creating a customized public engagement plan for each NCS project, consistent with the County’s Six Step Guide to Public Engagement. This allows staff and the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission to adjust the engagement to the nature, scope and scale of each project, as well as to consider the stakeholder communities involved. Changes in the scope of this project require additional engagement. 

Winter 2022 Project Update

Winter 2022 presentation slides

The process has included the following:

  • March 11, 2022 - Neighborhood block meeting at the corner of 7th Street South and South Irving Street
  • March 9, 2022 - Presentation to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Winter 2022 - Online feedback collected on revised concept.
  • Feb. 8, 2022 - Presentation of revised concept at Arlington Heights Civic Association
  • Dec. 10, 2019 - Project open house at Arlington Mill Community Center
  • Nov. 19, 2019 - Neighborhood block meeting at the corner of 6th Street South and South Irving Street
  • Nov. 11, 2019 - Presentation to Arlington Heights Civic Association
  • September 2019 - Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission moves for staff to begin public engagement
  • June 2019 - Scored and ranked potential project location list finalized
  • Spring 2017 - Public nomination

Funding

Preliminary estimates show the project will cost approximately $572,000 to implement. The revised concept design is estimated to cost $635,000. The NCS program is funded through the County’s Capital Improvement Plan. The NCS program is funded through the County’s Capital Improvement Plan.