Arlington County and the Crystal City Business Improvement District this week marked the conversion of Crystal Drive from a one- to two-way street.
The county, too, has installed a high-intensity activated crosswalk signal between 23rd and 26th streets south, an improvement designed to make crossing the street safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
“Transformation is coming to Crystal City,” Arlington County Vice Chairman Jay Fisette said in a statement. “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.”
Arlington officials billed the conversion of Crystal Drive and the new crosswalk signal as the first of "many" planned safety and access improvements for the area.
The county's smart-growth policy generally has focused on concentrating the densest development on and immediately around Metro corridors.
That density is expected to increase in the coming years thanks to new construction in Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.