- Crystal City Drive conversion, installation of HAWK traffic signal first of many projects to improve safety and access
- Key safety, access projects part of effort to make Crystal City more vibrant, walkable
ARLINGTON, Va.— Arlington County and the Crystal City Business Improvement District today celebrated the completion of the first of many planned safety and access enhancements for Crystal City. The projects are two of many identified in the Crystal City Sector Plan to transform Crystal City into a more vibrant, walkable neighborhood.
A key element of the long-range sector plan, adopted by the County Board in September, 2010, is the completion of several transportation projects to improve safety and access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, and to establish the infrastructure needed to support future development and transit improvements.
“Transformation is coming to Crystal City,” said Arlington County Vice-Chairman Jay Fisette. “This celebration underscores Arlington’s commitment to ‘smart-growth’ principles, and is just the beginning of the exciting projects we have planned to support revitalization in this community.”
Crystal Drive now two-way street
The celebration marked the completion of the conversion of Crystal Drive from a one-way to a two-way street, an improvement that will make it easier to travel within Crystal City. Arlington also completed installation of a HAWK (High-intensity Activated Crosswalk) traffic signal between 23rd & 26th Streets South. The traffic signal helps pedestrians and bicyclists cross Crystal Drive safely and efficiently.
“Our mission is to change the way people see, perceive and experience Crystal City,” said Crystal City Business Improvement District President/CEO Angela Fox. “We are excited to work with Arlington in creating enhancements to accessibility and safety that are critical to this change.”
Growth in the Route 1 corridor is expected to expand in the coming years, as new construction in Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard increases the business and residential densities of the area. The transportation elements in the sector plan are critical in ensuring continued ease of movement in, through, and around Crystal City during this expansion.
Visit the County website for more information about the projects.