- Changes made in scope, station design
- Functionality, amenities preserved
- Project is within authorized budget
- Will provide faster, more reliable bus service
Arlington’s Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, which will complete the area’s first dedicated transit lanes, is now expected to be completed in spring 2016, County officials said today.
“We had complications during construction that caused delays and threatened to push the project over budget,” said Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz. “But we have made changes, including scope modifications, to ensure that we finish this project within budget and get it done by next spring.”
Arlington began building the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, a joint project with the City of Alexandria, in summer 2014. The County’s portion of the project includes 0.75 miles of new transit-only roadway, 1.5 miles of on-street dedicated transit lanes, seven new stations and traffic signal upgrades along the Transitway route. Alexandria’s portion of the project, running from Potomac Yard to Braddock Road, opened in August, 2014.
Underground and design issues caused construction delays
In an update on the project to the County Board made during the Tuesday, Dec. 15 Recessed County Board Meeting, staff explained that crews encountered a number of issues as they dug into the ground along the Arlington route, including unmarked utilities, poor soils and obstructions such as abandoned railroad structures, which slowed roadway and station work. The project team also was unable to find a supplier for the size and type of roof panel needed for the Transitway station design.
Staying within budget, still achieving the project vision
“We found ways to cut costs while still achieving the original project vision,” said Greg Emanuel, director of the Department of Environmental Services, which is managing the project. “The Transitway will deliver the amenities and functionality we had promised, at a price that’s within the construction contract authorization.”
To keep costs under control, the County redesigned the station roofs, using less expensive materials that are easier to procure, while maintaining an attractive station design. We are installing lower-cost prefabricated shelters at two station locations where poor soil conditions would have made custom stations prohibitively costly. The prefabricated shelters will have the same amenities as other Transitway stations – including a higher curb for easier boarding, lighting and real-time arrival information.
Faster, more reliable bus service
Arlington is committed to attracting more transit riders and providing infrastructure that spurs development, which are the main goals of the new Transitway. When the completed route opens in spring 2016, the Transitway will provide faster, more reliable bus service along the congested Route 1 corridor, connecting residents and employees to jobs, shopping and the region, while supporting redevelopment in Crystal City and planned development in Potomac Yard. For details, visit our project page.
View the update presentation made to the County Board. CCPY Board Presentation for 2015-12-15