Recently Completed: Lynn Street Esplanade and Custis Trail Improvements in Arlington County
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This project, in cooperation with Arlington County, made bicycle and pedestrian improvements along North Lynn Street (Route 29) between northbound Lee Highway (Route 29) and southbound Lee Highway (Route 29), and along southbound Lee Highway from North Lynn Street to North Oak Street.
North Lynn Street improvements included:
- Wider sidewalks
- Improved curb ramps
- Upgraded traffic signals
- A new bike lane
- Decorative lighting
Along southbound Lee Highway, the multi-use Martha Custis Trail was widened to 16 feet and shifted away from the travel lanes, with an eight-foot-wide grass buffer separating the trail from the roadway. The top photo in the below collage shows the highway and trail pre-construction; the bottom photo shows a rendering of the widened trail.
The project also included improvements to the intersections of:
- Northbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street
- Southbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street
- Southbound Lee Highway and Fort Myer Drive
- Southbound Lee Highway and North Nash Street
- Southbound Lee Highway and North Oak Street
Arlington's public art installation "Corridor of Light" was also incorporated, with prominent elements at each of the four corners of the North Lynn Street bridge over I-66.
This $9.3 million project was financed with state and county funding, including Revenue Sharing funds.
Within the project limits, North Lynn Street averages 15,000 vehicles a day and southbound Lee Highway averages 5,300.
This project aimed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as provide additional traffic management and street beautification.
Award Construction Contract - March 2018
Begin Construction - May 2018
Widened Custis Trail Open - August 2019
Final Completion - May 2020