The project improves three intersections along the Custis Trail, including trail crossings adjacent to Lee Highway at North Scott Street, at North Quinn Street and at the western side of North Oak Street.
The eastern side of the trail crossing at North Oak Street will be addressed with the Lynn Street Esplanade & Custis Trail Improvements project.
Construction began in January 2018. As of October 2018, construction is substantially complete and the contractor is addressing punch list items.
This project was implemented under the same contract as the W&OD Trail Improvements project.
About the Project
The project will implement recommendations made in the Arlington County Shared-Use Trail Study that was completed in 2010.
The project proposes safety improvements at three intersections along the Custis Trail, including the trail crossing at the intersection of Lee Highway and North Oak Street (west side), Lee Highway and North Quinn Street, and Lee Highway and North Scott Street.
Specific improvements include:
- Lane reconfiguration at North Quinn Street and North Scott Street
- Trail widening
- Curb extensions to reduce trail crossing distances
- Wider ADA-compliant curb ramps
- Increased trail separation from Lee Highway
- High visibility crosswalks
- Improved bus stop with a bench at North Scott Street
Initial notification letters were sent to the North Highlands Civic Association and Bicycle Advisory Committee in July 2014.
In October 2014, a Programmatic Categorical Exclusion was prepared for the project in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and CFR 771.
In February 2015, letters were sent to adjacent civic associations, residents and property owners to update them on the project and notify them of Arlington County's willingness to hold a public hearing. A few residents submitted questions and concerns about the project, and staff responded to them individually. No requests were received for a public hearing and the willingness period is now closed.
The project is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program, managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The project is locally administered by Arlington County.