Crystal City-Pentagon City-Potomac Yard Transportation Update

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Crystal City-Pentagon City-Potomac Yard

JULY 31, 2020

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County Board approves interim agreement for new Crystal City Metro Station east entrance


In July the County Board approved an interim agreement with a JBG Smith subsidiary, CESC Square, LLC, to perform preliminary engineering on a new east entrance for the Crystal City Metrorail Station.


The developer submitted an unsolicited proposal, under the Virginia Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act, to design and construct the station’s east entrance as part of their redevelopment at the northwest corner of the 18th Street South and Crystal Drive intersection, the proposed location for the new station entrance.


The County will pay CESC Square $3.73 million, including a contingency, to bring engineering for the project to 30 percent completion, which is expected by May 2021. At that point, the County will decide whether to proceed with the developer to final design and construction of the project.


The new station entrance on Crystal Drive will create a direct ADA-accessible route for the many users who reach the station from the east. It will also provide better connections to high-capacity transit options east of the station and increase capacity at this heavily used station.


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New second elevator for Pentagon City Metro Station moving toward construction next year


The County Board recently approved a construction management contract for the Pentagon City Metrorail Station Second Elevator project. The new elevator will be located on the west side of South Hayes Street. The County expects to solicit bids early next year to build the project.


The project will add a second elevator at the Pentagon City Metro Station, which provides access to a broad array of retail, government and commercial office buildings and is a transfer point for regional and local transit buses and private bus services.


The second elevator will eliminate the need to cross six lanes of traffic, two parking lanes, and a bike lane to reach the existing elevator on the east side of Hayes Street. It will improve ADA accessibility and accessibility for passengers with strollers or luggage.


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Arlington Ridge Road and Lang Street safety improvements starting later this year


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Slip lane at South Arlington Ridge Road and South Lang Street


On July 18, the County Board approved a contract with M&F Concrete Inc. to construct improvements at the intersection of South Arlington Ridge Road and South Lang Street. Work is anticipated to begin in late summer/fall 2020.


The improvements will provide a safer pedestrian crossing to Gunston School by closing the southbound Lang Street slip lane, in order to eliminate conflicts between pedestrians and drivers. The slip lane will be replaced with landscaped green space.


The project also will create ADA-compliant bus stops at the intersection and build wider sidewalks for safer bus access and to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians.


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