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Press Release

Release Date: Oct 3, 2013

Arlington County Completes First Two Projects Aimed at Transforming Crystal City

CONTACT: Angela Fox,, 703-412-9430.

Arlington County Completes First Two Projects Aimed at Transforming Crystal City

  • Crystal City Drive conversion, installation of HAWK traffic signal first of many projects to improve safety and access
  • Key safety, access projects part of effort to make Crystal City more vibrant, walkable

ARLINGTON, Va.— Arlington County and the Crystal City Business Improvement District today celebrated the completion of the first of many planned safety and access enhancements for Crystal City. The projects are two of many identified in the Crystal City Sector Plan to transform Crystal City into a more vibrant, walkable neighborhood.

A key element of the long-range sector plan, adopted by the County Board in September, 2010, is the completion of several transportation projects to improve safety and access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, and to establish the infrastructure needed to support future development and transit improvements.

“Transformation is coming to Crystal City,” said Arlington County Vice-Chairman Jay Fisette. “This celebration underscores Arlington’s commitment to ‘smart-growth’ principles, and is just the beginning of the exciting projects we have planned to support revitalization in this community.”

Crystal Drive now two-way street

The celebration marked the completion of the conversion of Crystal Drive from a one-way to a two-way street, an improvement that will make it easier to travel within Crystal City. Arlington also completed installation of a HAWK (High-intensity Activated Crosswalk) traffic signal between 23rd & 26th Streets South. The traffic signal helps pedestrians and bicyclists cross Crystal Drive safely and efficiently.

“Our mission is to change the way people see, perceive and experience Crystal City,” said Crystal City Business Improvement District President/CEO Angela Fox. “We are excited to work with Arlington in creating enhancements to accessibility and safety that are critical to this change.”


Growth in the Route 1 corridor is expected to expand in the coming years, as new construction in Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard increases the business and residential densities of the area. The transportation elements in the sector plan are critical in ensuring continued ease of movement in, through, and around Crystal City during this expansion.

Visit the County website for more information about the projects. Click here to see pictures from the ribbon cutting.


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit

About Arlington County
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world— including the Pentagon—Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.