Crystal City on 18th Street South under the U.S. Route 1 bridge, between South Eads and South Clark Streets
Officials from Arlington County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority celebrated completion of the Crystal City Multimodal Center on May 18, 2017.
See project photos in the gallery to the right.
About the Project
The goal of the Crystal City Multimodal project is to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety and traffic circulation around the Crystal City Metrorail Station, as well as expand bus stop capacity and provide designated stops for government and private shuttles. This project will create a safer and more efficient curbside area for transfers adjacent to the Metro station.
The project consists of two phases:
Phase 1 is on 18th Street South under the U.S. Route 1 bridge, between South Eads and South Clark Streets. This phase will create four new bus bays underneath the bridge. Three bays will be on the south side of the road and a fourth will be on the north side. The bus bays will be used by regional and local buses relocated from Crystal Drive due to the opening of a dedicated bus lane on Crystal Drive.
Improved sidewalks, bus shelters and lighting are part of the project. The existing asphalt road surface will be replaced with concrete, which will be more durable for the heavier bus traffic that is expected for this area. The lighter colored concrete, along with new lighting, also will help brighten the existing dark underpass. Two vehicle travel lanes and a bike lane will remain in each direction.
Phase 2 will rebuild the intersection of 18th Street South and South Bell Street and add a new traffic signal. The existing island on the north side of the intersection will be removed. South Bell Street will be converted to a two-way street in order to improve connectivity, reconnect the street grid, and fulfill the recommendations of the Crystal City Sector Plan.
This project was made possible by $1.5 million in regional transportation funds from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. NVTA is responsible for long-range planning, prioritization and funding of regional transportation projects in Northern Virginia.