Roughly from Towers Park along Washington Boulevard, and ending a few hundred feet past Second Street South.
- Fall 2017 – Construction contract awarded to Fort Myer Construction Corporation
- January 2018 – Construction begins (initial work will be landscape clearing and grading)
- Work hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Night work is expected throughout the project and will take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Partial lane closures will be in place at night, reducing traffic to one lane in the southbound direction
- Winter 2018/2019 – Anticipated construction completion
- Fall 2018 - Replanting and landscape restoration
Current update as of 4/23/18
Excavation is currently underway along the west side shoulder of Washington Boulevard to permit installation of storm drainage, retaining walls and the trail pavement. A temporary shift of the Washington Boulevard southbound lanes is taking place to provide additional work space along the shoulder.
About the Project
Purpose of the Trail
The Washington Boulevard Trail, a bike and pedestrian trail along Washington Boulevard, will provide a link from the Arlington Boulevard Trail to Columbia Pike. The trail will also link to bike and pedestrian facilities being developed along Columbia Pike and in Pentagon City, as well as provide a new access way into Towers Park. Extending the network through the Penrose neighborhood is needed to address limited north-south connectivity in this part of the County.
Phase 2 of the Washington Boulevard Trail project will construct a 10’ wide, paved bicycle and pedestrian trail along the west side of Washington Boulevard (VA Route 27). The new trail section will link with the Phase 1 trail section, which was built between Arlington Boulevard and Walter Reed Drive. The trail will primarily be located within the highway right-of-way but will also pass through the property of the U.S. Navy Supply Facility and Arlington County’s Towers Park. Access to the public streets will be provided at Walter Reed Drive, 6th Street, 9th Street and South Rolfe Street.
- The trail was first developed as part of the County’s 1994 Bicycle Transportation Plan, in which staff undertook a feasibility study and chose to place the trail on the west side of Washington Boulevard.
- During Phase 1, the trail was constructed between Arlington Boulevard and Walter Reed Drive.
- In spring 2012, the County completed an 80 percent design on Phase 2. An environmental assessment was shared with County advisory commissions and residents. This assessment evaluated the trail construction’s likely impact on tress as the initial assessment identified approximately 185 trees that may be removed. Modifications to the design have reduced the likely impact to about 84 trees and as many as 160 trees will be replanted in the area.
- In fall 2015, County staff decided to relocate much of the northern section of the new trail onto the shoulder of Washington Boulevard to reduce the need for constructing retaining walls and will minimize impacts to adjacent trees and landscaped area.
- Phase 2 of the project has completed VDOT design review and plans were revised for final permits and construction bidding.
- In summer 2017, the project was offered for bidding. The selected bidder was chosen and approved by the County Board.
- In fall 2017, Fort Myer Construction Corporation was given the Notice to Proceed with construction.
- Construction is expected to begin in winter 2018.
- April and June 2016 – County staff met with relevant County advisory commissions/committees.
- March 2016 - County staff met with the Penrose Civic Association and presented updated plans and discussed the process for trail construction. 3 15 16 Presentation
- Fall 2015/winter 2016 - County staff is working with the design engineer to relocate much of the proposed trail onto the Washington Boulevard shoulder to minimize impact to current trees and landscaped area.
- Summer 2015 – County staff worked with VDOT regarding concepts for redesign for a portion of the trail that could further reduce impacts on trees and vegetation along Washington Blvd.
- Fall 2014 – Presentation to Park and Recreation Commission.
- July 2012 – Meetings were held with the Penrose Civic Association.
- June 2012 – Presentations were given to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees.
- May 2012 – Meetings were held with the Park and Recreation, Arlington Urban Forestry and the Environment and Energy Conservation Commissions.
Project design and construction costs of approximately $3 million are jointly funded by Arlington County and VDOT.