Crystal Drive to be Converted into Two Way Street

by Katie Pyzyk April 23, 2012 at 10:45 am 3,822 5 Comments

Crystal City’s main drag will be getting a major facelift. A contract has been awarded to convert Crystal Drive from a one way street into a two way street.

During its meeting on Saturday, the County Board voted unanimously to award the $1.9 million contract to Ardent Company, LLC. In addition to the street conversion, the three phase project will improve intersections along Crystal Drive with new traffic signals and ADA compliant ramps and crosswalks. A southbound bicycle lane will also be added.

The new design is expected to make the street safer and easier to navigate, as well as preparing the area for future development and a streetcar.

Construction for phase one is supposed to begin in June and is scheduled to finish by the end of this year. That covers the portion from 12th Street South to 15th Street South. Two other construction phases will follow — one from 23rd Street South to 26th Street South, and another from 26th Street South to 27th Street South.

The county will post notices about periodic lane closures before they happen. The goal is to only close down one lane at a time to minimize the impact to drivers.

Funding for the project was previously approved and appropriated in the Transportation Capital Fund.

  • WeiQiang

    While I don’t have a problem with returning the streets to the two-way configuration they were before, the 90deg turn from Crystal Drive to 12th Street is still going to be nightmarish. That crosswalk – recently added in the current design – toward Long Bridge Park in the middle of the turn isn’t going to help matters.

    I can’t tell from any of the online planning info whether any parking spaces on 12th or Crys Dr will be eliminated. Anyone know? Between the slug lines that form at rush hour and the increased two-way traffic, my money is on more mayhem.

  • The Dope of South Arlington

    $1.9 million to change a one-way street into a two-way street? Really?

    • in preparation of the multi-million dollar street car project that our grandkids will enjoy as they shuttle between labor camps in post-apocalyptic DC.

    • Dee

      Umm, so how much should it cost. Should one guy be out there? Would cones be a better solution? You know, if you volunteered you can save the taxpayers some money and show’em how it’s done.


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