South Eads Street between Four Mile Run and Army Navy Drive, in Pentagon City
This project addresses the segment from 12th Street South to Army Navy Drive
For the segment between 12th Street and Army Navy Drive, the project team is working with the Department of Parks & Recreation to deliver streetscape and bicycle facility improvements in coordination with adjacent projects. As of spring 2021, the design is at 60%.
- 90% design - Fall 2021
- Final Engineering & Design – Winter 2021
- Procurement for a contractor – Spring 2022
- Anticipated Construction start – Fall 2022*
- Target construction completion – Fall 2023*
*Construction will be coordinated and completed with the construction of the new park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive.
About the Project
Work between 12th Street South and Army Navy Drive will extend the existing roadway configuration to connect with new facilities in design as part of the Army Navy Drive Complete Street project.
A new protected bike lane, sidewalk, streetscape and lighting are in design and will be constructed on the northbound side of South Eads Street, in conjunction with the development of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) new park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive.
The graphics below illustrate the general layout of the design plans in development:
- Interim condition – Northbound improvements with interim southbound facilities
- Final condition – Northbound and southbound improvements
These designs will include an interim condition for southbound bicycle and pedestrian facilities. A final condition for the southbound side will be constructed in conjunction with the development of the adjacent PenPlace redevelopment.
South Eads Street Complete Street corridor
The Master Transportation Plan, Crystal City Sector Plan and corresponding Crystal City Multimodal Transportation Study call for South Eads Street to be reconstructed into a complete street – a safe environment for all travel modes including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and vehicles.
The width and cross section of South Eads Street varies from north to south. The cross section is the configuration of all elements along the street – sidewalk, landscape area, parking lanes, etc. The existing condition of the pavement on South Eads Street is poor and the layout of the street is primarily oriented toward vehicular use.
In fall 2014, the County implemented a pilot project to convert South Eads Street into a complete street. The pilot project realigned South Eads Street between 15th Street South and 23rd Street South in the existing curb-to-curb space to accommodate all modes of travel. The four-lane roadway was converted into three lanes: two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane, with a new protected bike facility. Pedestrian crossings were upgraded, and parking lanes reconfigured.
Since the installation of the pilot segment, other bike facilities have been added to the remainder of the corridor between South Glebe Road and 12th Street South.
Additional work is underway to further improve the segment of South Eads Street between 12th Street South and 15th Street South – learn more on the project page.
The 12th Street to Army Navy Drive segment of South Eads Street has been tied to the redevelopment of the PenPlace block, as well as DPR’s development of a new park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive. Work on this segment of South Eads Street has been on hold since DPR’s public engagement process began in 2019.
Prior to these efforts, design work was undertaken to align the streetscape with the cross-section used in the South Eads Street pilot project, implemented in 2014. Public engagement was conducted through stakeholder meetings and presentations.
Transportation engagement staff are also working with their counterparts at DPR to review public comments provided for the park planning effort and identify comments related to the design of the right-of-way.
A dedicated public engagement opportunity for this segment of South Eads Street is being planned for the next design checkpoint, at approximately 90% design.
The total project cost is estimated at $1.7 million. Funding comes from local commercial and industrial tax revenues dedicated to transportation and the County’s infrastructure investment fund for Crystal City.