- Road to be completed by end of 2013
- Bike and pedestrian-friendly road to connect Crystal City to access to trails, DC
- Future transit stops will serve park
ARLINGTON, VA — The Arlington County Board today approved additional funding to reconstruct Long Bridge Drive, located at the northern end of Crystal City.
“The reconstructed Long Bridge Drive will vastly improve access to one of Arlington’s newest and most exciting parks,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “This project has been complex and challenging, requiring the County to coordinate with utility companies and involving some frustrating delays. We are all eager to see it completed as soon as possible.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve the additional funding needed to complete the road. Additional funding was needed due to delays by utility companies in completing the underground utility relocations and cost escalation caused by the delays. The funding for the additional $750,000 is available from capital contingent funds approved as part of the FY2012 adopted PAYGO budget for unforeseen capital needs.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County Website. Scroll down to Item #21 on the Saturday, July 13 Regular County Board Meeting Agenda.
Enhanced, widened road benefits park, commuters
The construction of Long Bridge Drive will greatly improve access to Long Bridge Park and improve connections between Crystal City, Pentagon City and Washington, DC. The road has been widened to include parking and on-street bicycle lanes on both sides of the roadway. With its landscaped medians, street trees, LED street lighting and future transit service, Long Bridge Drive supports Arlington’s vision for smart transit, sustainability and a pedestrian-friendly environment.
Complex reconstruction effort
The reconstruction of Long Bridge Drive was not your average road construction project. The new roadway conceals an enormous amount of underground cables and connections that serve Arlington and the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and support major communication networks throughout the East Coast. Reconstruction of the road required relocating these cables and connections, a time-consuming and technically complex process.
The Board voted to approve $750,000 to Donohoe Construction Company to complete the road reconstruction. The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2013.
Long Bridge Park features
Long Bridge Park is one of the County’s most unique open spaces. A distinctive showplace of environmentally sound redevelopment, the park features a central expanse of attractive public green spaces and high-quality outdoor recreation facilities that are accessible to all Arlingtonians, conveniently linked with nearby urban corridors and the Potomac River. Located north of Crystal City and adjacent to I-395, the park features:
- Three full-size, multi-sport, lighted, rectangular synthetic turf athletic fields
- A network of walkways
- An overlook with views of capital monuments
- Wave Arbor, a public art feature by nationally recognized artist Doug Hollis
- A three-quarter-acre rain garden that directs runoff from the park’s sports fields and parking lot into a planted garden of native shrubs and perennials.
It’s a great place for train, plane and bird watching. There are also picnic areas, interpretive displays, restrooms and parking. The park will be the home of the County’s future aquatics, fitness and recreation facility.