Washington Boulevard & 13th Street Improvements


Washington Boulevard from Wilson Boulevard to North Kirkwood Road (including the 13th Street North intersection), Arlington, VA 22201  View Map

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Construction  Update - October 2023

The project is substantially complete, with landscaping work to be done in November of 2023. 

About the Project

Washington Boulevard and 13th Street North was redesigned to implement the Clarendon Sector Plan recommendations of providing two lanes of travel in each direction and eliminating the reversible lane signals. The intersection was rebuilt so the Washington Boulevard lanes align on both sides of 13th Street North. This will provide a more conventional “T” intersection. 

At their Feb. 20, 2021, meeting, the County Board approved a contract for the construction of streetscape improvements and utility undergrounding along Washington Boulevard and 13th Street North. Construction started in Spring of 2021 and reached substantial completion in Fall of 2023.

Design plan for Washington Boulevard & 13th Street Improvements

Design plan

Design analysis for this intersection was performed as part of the development of the Clarendon Sector Plan and, more recently, the Clarendon Multimodal Transportation Study.

The design for the Washington Boulevard and 13th Street North project is one element of the Clarendon West development that was approved by the County Board on Oct. 20, 2015. The Traffic Impact Study for that development provides background information and traffic analysis for intersections and streets within and outside the project boundaries. In 2018 the County requested the site developer update their previous traffic analysis to verify vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle volumes. The update was completed to reflect current development plans and parking ratios for the development area.

Project goals include:
  • Providing four lanes and eliminating the traffic-controlled reversible lane
  • Reconfiguring Washington Boulevard and 13th Street North to become a “T” intersection
  • Providing public open space for a future 13th Street North and Washington Boulevard park
  • Wider sidewalks and improved pedestrian crossings
  • Undergrounding utilities
  • Upgrading traffic signals
  • Installing new Carlyle streetlights
  • Planting new street trees

Public Process

Project updates have been shared with the Clarendon Alliance and surrounding neighborhood community groups.


The project's total estimated cost is approximately $6.4 million. Funding comes from local commercial and industrial taxes dedicated to transportation as well as developer contributions.