Crystal City, on 18th Street South between Eads and Fern Streets
On June 12, 2021, the County Board approved the award of a contract to Ardent Company, LLC for construction of the 18th Street South Complete Streets Project.
- Anticipated construction start – fall 2021
- Anticipated construction completion – mid-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.
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 shared 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.