Arlington County Unveils Pentagon City Multimodal Improvements

  • Creating a sense of place
  • Improving corridor for users of all forms of transportation
  • Managing stormwater runoff

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County unveiled the Pentagon City Multimodal Project today in a ceremony highlighting the key safety and access improvements in the heavily traveled corridor.

The project revitalizes the busy South Hayes Street corridor between 15th Street South and Army Navy Drive. With more than 30,000 metro travelers, 2,800 bus riders and nearly 600 estimated Capital Bikeshare trips per day, the area's improvements enhance the access, safety and experience for all transportation users. The new facilities include traffic signals, designated crossing areas, “green street” environmental features and landscaping enhancements, creating a sense of place for the gateway to Pentagon City.

“This project is key to Arlington's efforts to make it easier to travel to, around or through Pentagon City, whether you are traveling by car, bus, bike or Metro,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “South Hayes is now a more complete, welcoming, accessible and safe corridor.”

The County Board was represented at the ceremony by Board Members J. Walter Tejada and Libby Garvey.

New features enhance safety and minimize environmental impact

Construction on the Pentagon City Multimodal Project started in 2012. Now that the project is completed, the South Hayes Street area features:

  • Upgraded traffic signals with improved timing at each intersection
  • Designated mid-block crossing areas, sidewalks, crosswalks and lane markings
  • Upgraded street furniture, street lighting and accent lighting
  • Improved amenities for bicyclists, transit riders and pedestrians in the Pentagon City area
  • Bioretention and rain garden landscape features to manage stormwater runoff
  • New street trees
  • Landscape enhancements designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, including mini-plazas, pre-cast benches and retaining walls

Private and public collaboration

The Pentagon City Multimodal Project is an example of how effective collaboration between private and public partners and input from federal, state and local agencies can lead to the successful completion of an important project. Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), federal agencies, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Pentagon Centre, Archstone and members of the community to develop the project's design.

The project was funded by a Federal Aid Secondary agreement with VDOT on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration; with the County funding 20 percent. The project was completed 5.7 percent under the authorized budget of $9.1 million.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.