North end of Crystal City, on Long Bridge Drive between Boundary Channel Drive and 6th Street South
Project construction was completed in summer 2018 with the exception of energizing the streetlights, which will occur later this summer.
Planned landscaping and street tree plantings for the project have been incorporated into the design of the aquatics center. As a result, the plantings are anticipated to be done in spring or fall 2020.
About the Project
The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers throughout this area and improve multimodal access to and from Long Bridge Park.
The Long Bridge Drive utility undergrounding and roadway realignment are part of the Boundary Channel Drive Interchange project, which will upgrade the Boundary Channel Drive/I-395 interchange to more efficiently and safely serve future traffic generated by Long Bridge Park and existing local and regional traffic generated by the Pentagon and I-395. The interchange project also includes a connection to Long Bridge Park Drive and a bicycle connection from the Humpback Bridge to Long Bridge Park.
Phase 1: Utility undergrounding
The first phase of the Long Bridge Drive project will remove the four overhead utility poles along the south side of Long Bridge Drive, underground the utilities and provide necessary utility connections for the future Long Bridge Park and aquatic, health and fitness facility. Doing this work now will help reduce the amount of disruptions and impacts along Long Bridge Drive when construction begins on the roadway realignment, because the overhead utilities are located within the future realigned Long Bridge Drive.
Phase 2: Roadway realignment
The second phase will extend the reconstructed section of Long Bridge Drive (formerly Old Jefferson Davis Highway) to the Boundary Channel Drive/I-395 interchange. Long Bridge Drive will be realigned in order to tie into the future interchange at a less skewed and awkward angle. Improvements will include new sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, bus stops and street lighting.
The $1.2 million utility undergrounding and $1.8 million roadway realignment are funded through regional grants as part of the Boundary Channel Interchange project.