South Clark-Bell Street from 12th Street South to 20th Street South
The demolition project started in January 2018. Completion is scheduled for summer 2019.
What to expect during this project:
- Throughout the project, some detours will be in place to accommodate removal of the bridge structure. Details will be posted on this site as the temporary street closures are scheduled.
- The at-grade portions of 14th Road South (between 12th and 15th Streets) and South Bell Street (between 15th and 18th Streets) will remain open throughout and after the demolition.
- East-west pedestrian access under elevated Clark Street will be maintained throughout the duration of this project.
- During removal of the bridges over 15th Street and 18th Street, one side of the sidewalk under the bridge will be closed but the other side will remain open.
About the Project
The South Clark-Bell Street Demolition project is a goal of both the Crystal City Sector Plan and Crystal City Multimodal Transportation Study. It will improve safety for all modes of transportation and will establish the long-term street grid for the north and south portions of Crystal City along with the 15th Street South/South Clark-Bell Street Realignment project.
The elevated portions of South Clark-Bell Street will be demolished north of 18th Street South. South of 18th Street, new open space will be created in the existing roadway right-of-way, and new sidewalks, landscaping and lighting along US Route 1 will be provided.
The project will also establish new building pad development sites for redevelopment of Crystal City, with the necessary infrastructure to transform the east side of the US Route 1 corridor in Crystal City.
At its Sept. 16, 2017, meeting, the County Board approved a $6.6 million contract with Neuber Environmental Services, Inc., to remove the elevated South Clark Street roadway.
The contractor permanently closed the roadway on Feb. 5, 2018. This closed the southbound elevated Clark Street structure between 12th and 20th Streets South, including two ramps and two bridge structures.