Former car rental parking lots on South Eads Street, near Fort Scott Drive, in Crystal City
On Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, the County activated a temporary traffic signal at the corner of Route 1 and 27th Street South. This allows traffic from the TNC lot to exit to Route 1. MWAA coordinated with the County to open the lot's Route 1 gate at the same time. This concludes installation of phase 1 of the interim solution (described below).
The County is monitoring this location through traffic cameras installed on site, and will fine-tune the signal timing based on actual operations.
The County continues to encourage MWAA to seek additional strategies dealing with the displacement of its TNC lot due to the construction on its campus. At the same time, County staff is working on congestion mitigation measures to counter, to the maximum extent possible, the significant increase in traffic volume.
About the Project
In April 2018 the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) began operating a staging lot for transportation network companies (TNCs, which include Uber and Lyft) on South Eads Street. MWAA relocated the lot to the Eads Street site to make room for their Project Journey construction project, but the move has resulted in increased traffic congestion in this area.
County Transportation staff have developed interim solutions for mitigating the traffic situation by shifting some of the TNC lot's access from South Eads Street to Route 1. This solution requires approvals from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) which is responsible for the operation of Route 1. In addition to these interim solutions, the County is working with MWAA to identify additional mitigation strategies.
Phase 1 - Open the TNC lot’s driveway to Route 1, to shift most of the lot’s outbound traffic from South Eads Street to the Route 1 ramp to the airport
Implementation: early October 2018
- County installs temporary traffic signal on Route 1
- MWAA fine-tunes lot’s configuration and trim trees that causes sight distance concern
- County monitors the traffic signal operation and makes timing adjustments as necessary
- County continues monitoring, enforcement
Phase 2 - Reconfigure the TNC lot's driveway on Route 1 to allow incoming and exiting traffic
Implementation: 12-14 months (estimate)
This phase would align the lot’s Route 1 driveway with the Route 1/27th Street intersection to allow the traffic signal to operate a concurrent signal phase, allowing traffic from the lot and 27th Street to turn at the same time.
The County is working with MWAA and VDOT to determine the feasibility of Phase 2. Implementation would require relocating a traffic signal pole, replacing Phase 1's temporary traffic signal with a permanent traffic signal pole on Route 1, and reconfiguring the TNC lot to allow proper ingress flow.
Phase 2 is estimated to cost $250,000. This would be a new capital project, requiring County Manager and County Board approval.
On Sept. 27, 2018, the County held a public meeting at the Aurora Hills Community Center to discuss proposals for mitigating the traffic situation. MWAA, VDOT and Arlington Police representatives also attended.