Jenni McCord, VDOT
Eric Balliet, Arlington County
June 6, 2018
Bike and Ped Improvements in Rosslyn Underway
New bicycle lane, Custis Trail widening, public art and other improvements by spring 2020
ROSSLYN, Va. – Work is underway on an important project to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as provide additional traffic management and street beautification in Rosslyn.
The improvements, in cooperation with Arlington County, are along North Lynn Street (Route 29) between northbound Lee Highway (Route 29) and southbound Lee Highway (Route 29), and along Lee Highway (Route 29) from North Lynn Street (Route 29) to North Oak Street. North Lynn Street improvements will include wider sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), improved curb ramps, upgraded traffic signals, a new bike lane, decorative lighting and landscaping.
Along southbound Lee Highway (Route 29), the multi-use Martha Custis Trail will be widened to 16 feet and shifted away from the travel lanes.
The work will also include improvements to intersections at southbound Lee Highway (Route 29) and North Lynn Street (Route 29), Fort Myer Drive, North Nash Street and North Oak Street, as well as North Lynn Street (Route 29) and northbound Lee Highway (Route 29).
Arlington’s public art installation “Corridor of Light” will also be incorporated, with prominent elements at each of the four corners of the North Lynn Street bridge over I-66.
“VDOT is honored to partner with Arlington County by managing construction of a project designed by Arlington at a gateway location,” said Helen Cuervo, P.E., VDOT’s Northern Virginia District engineer. “The project will improve multimodal connectivity, befitting of our shared goals for an even greater community. We appreciate everyone’s patience and attention to safety during construction.”
“We are pleased that VDOT has started work on this very significant project for Rosslyn and for Arlington,” says Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol. “These safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists and the traffic management improvements are part of a much larger effort by the county and our community to make Rosslyn a more livable and thriving neighborhood.”
For crews to complete the work, drivers can expect daytime and nighttime lane closures on southbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, on the following weekly schedule:
- Mondays through Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday nights through Thursday nights: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday nights: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
- Saturday nights: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Sunday nights: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Bicyclists and pedestrians on the Custis Trail along southbound Lee Highway between North Lynn Street and North Oak Street can expect detours onto temporary paths around the work zone. Signs will notify bicyclists and pedestrians during these temporary configurations.
Pedestrians can also expect temporary closures of the sidewalks along North Lynn Street between northbound Lee Highway and southbound Lee Highway. When one sidewalk is closed, pedestrians will be detoured to sidewalk along the opposite side of the street.
Ardent Company, LLC of McLean is the contractor for the $9.3 million project, which is expected to be complete in spring 2020.
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