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Livability22202 Route 1 Discussion August 26

[ 0 ] September 14, 2020 |

Over 100 people from the three neighboring civic associations joined us at the August 26 Livability22202 Zoom meeting, where we discussed planning for future improvements to Route 1 that was part of Arlington County’s agreement with Amazon. One of the most ambitious transportation items in the Crystal City Sector plan was a vision for converting Route 1 from an urban highway to an urban boulevard. It would lower Route 1 to ground level at 15th and 18th Streets, with cross streets with traffic-signaled intersections rather than the current underpasses. The Amazon bid proposes providing a bit more than half of the expected $250 million required to do so. This massive engineering project would move existing off ramps to the center of Route 1, allowing new buildings to front onto the street and would simplify the complicated traffic signals currently in use, and add wide sidewalks and street trees.

The discussion also included innovative ways other communities around the world have handled similar issues.

The community was also invited to take a survey (link here) with its about individual priorities on the issue:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvmLFNa1cTEh-mLBPKdnOc7NZw35mjqLyUnksNKZXZnUNHzw/viewform

If you were not at the meeting, you can view the discussion at

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AZiC9tINk8zmGjEQtNgaNCvFX9oTXfJ-/view

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