Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 22, 2011 at 8:28 am 2,078 3 Comments

Call for Entries in Arlington Design Competition — Arlington County is asking for entries for this year’s DESIGNArlington’11 design competition. ” Distinctive architectural, public art, and landscape projects completed within the past five years may be eligible,” the county says. [Arlington County]

Police Seek Missing Man — Arlington County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Ricardo De Leon, 57, was last seen leaving Pike Pizza (4111 Columbia Pike) on Sept. 10. He’s described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6″ tall and 160 pounds with gray and black hair and brown eyes. [ACPD]

Old Jefferson Davis Highway Renamed — Old Jefferson Davis Highway will soon be known as “Long Bridge Drive.” The new street name will go into effect on April 1, 2012. The road connects Crystal City with the still under-construction Long Bridge Park. “Planned upgrades will transform the street into a tree-lined boulevard with sidewalks, bike lanes and transit stops in the next year, creating a welcoming gateway to Long Bridge Park,” the county said in a press release. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Clio1789

  • HaulinOats

    This ACPD bulletin is confusing. Is the Crime Solvers lingo at the bottom standard (and possibly not applicable to this case), or are they seeking this man in connection with a crime?

  • CrystalMikey

    Just repave it already… (re: long bridge)

  • Michael H.

    Long Bridge Drive is a good choice. Old Jefferson Davis Highway is too confusing, since “regular” Jefferson Davis Highway is adjacent to OJDH. Visitors might take the wrong turn and head toward DC or Rosslyn. Fort Runyon Drive, another proposed name, doesn’t tie in with the new park.

    I don’t think they will repave the admittedly shoddy road until after the park is finished. There will be a lot of heavy construction vehicles riding on the road until then. There will also be new excavation work taking place at the site of the old Crystal City Motel and the old warehouses on 10th St. and S. Clark. Apparently a new office complex will be built there. One of the last remaining eyesores in the area will be gone soon.

    I’m looking forward to the new park. But I wish the project team would have built out the esplanade close to the GW Parkway on the north end. That will be part of Phase II, which won’t even be started up for a couple years. If the esplanade had been extended, then it would have been easier to connect the park with the Mt. Vernon Trail much sooner. As it is, that connection may not be built, if ever, until 5 years from now.


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