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2 fall construction projects to bring ‘better connectivity’ to Crystal City

WASHINGTON — It’s going to get a lot easier to bike and walk around Arlington County’s Crystal City.

Last Saturday the Arlington County Board approved two construction projects that boardmember Libby Garvey said will bring “better connectivity for people.”

This fall, demolition of the South Clark Street roadway between 12th and 20th Streets South will begin as part of a $6.6 million contract. It’s expected to create more development space in Crystal City. The project is set to be completed in the summer of 2019.

The second project, which also breaks ground this fall, will expand Arlington’s trail network. It’s expected to connect Columbia Pike with Arlington Boulevard and the northern part of Arlington with a trail along the western part of Washington Boulevard.

“We’ve got a nice network of bicycle trails,” said Garavey. “But they tend to go east and west and not north to south.”

She said a footbridge to Reagan National Airport from Crystal City is also underway.

“That’ll be the most connected place, maybe, almost, in the country,” she said. “The bottom line is we’re centering it around people and not cars … The more we can make it easier for everybody and make it all flow well, the better it’ll be for everyone. That’s how we’re going to manage to continue to grow here.”

WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.


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