Crystal City, on 18th Street South between Eads and Fern Streets
Design work has been completed for this project, and the next step is preparing to release the construction contract for competitive bid.
- Procurement for a contractor – Summer 2021
- Anticipated construction start – Late 2021
- Anticipated construction completion – Late 2023
About the Project
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.
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.
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 will share 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.