Under Construction: Lynn Street Esplanade and Custis Trail Improvements in Arlington County

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This project, in cooperation with Arlington County, is making bicycle and pedestrian improvements along North Lynn Street (Route 29) between northbound Lee Highway (Route 29) and southbound Lee Highway (Route 29), and along southbound Lee Highway from North Lynn Street to North Oak Street. 

North Lynn Street improvements include:

  • Wider sidewalks 
  • Improved curb ramps
  • Upgraded traffic signals
  • A new bike lane
  • Decorative lighting
  • Landscaping

Along southbound Lee Highway, the multi-use Martha Custis Trail has been widened to 16 feet and shifted away from the travel lanes. Work is occurring on an eight-foot-wide grass buffer separating the trail from the roadway. The top photo in the below collage shows the highway and trail pre-construction; the bottom photo shows a rendering of the widened trail.

The project also includes improvements to the intersections of:

  • Northbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street
  • Southbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street
  • Southbound Lee Highway and Fort Myer Drive
  • Southbound Lee Highway and North Nash Street
  • Southbound Lee Highway and North Oak Street

Arlington's public art installation "Corridor of Light" is also being incorporated, with prominent elements at each of the four corners of the North Lynn Street bridge over I-66.

This $9.3 million project is being financed with state and county funding, including Revenue Sharing funds.

Within the project limits, North Lynn Street averages 15,000 vehicles a day and southbound Lee Highway averages 5,900.

Benefits 

This project aims to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as provide additional traffic management and street beautification.

Major Milestones 

Award Construction Contract - March 2018
Begin Construction - May 2018
Widened Custis Trail Open - August 2019
Final Completion - Spring 2020

Resources

Contact Info:

Donald Angerman, CCM
Construction

Yusaf Masud, P.E.
Construction

Project Photos

Phase: Under Construction

UPC: 109813

State ID: 0029-000-859, C501, B605

Lat/Long: 38.899007, -77.070772

Locality: Arlington

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Widened Custis Trail at North Oak Street after opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail near North Oak Street after opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail at North Nash Street after opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail near North Nash Street after opening- August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail at Fort Myer Drive after opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail near Fort Myer Drive after opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail at North Nash Street before opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail at North Nash Street before opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail between Fort Myer Drive and North Nash Street before opening - August 2019
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Widened Custis Trail at Fort Myer Drive before opening - August 2019
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Southbound Lee Highway at North Nash Street - April 2019
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Southbound Lee Highway at Fort Myer Drive facing northbound - April 2019
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North Lynn Street and southbound Lee Highway, pre-construction - May 2018
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Construction signage along southbound Lee Highway and westbound Custis Trail - May 2018

Page last modified: Nov. 21, 2019