Traffic Alert: Crystal Drive between 26th and 27th Streets becomes two-way on Friday

Later this week the County will implement a permanent traffic pattern change on Crystal Drive near Potomac Yard.

On Friday, Oct. 4, after the morning rush hour, Crystal Drive between 26th and 27th Streets South will be changed from one-way northbound to two-way traffic. 27th Street between Crystal Drive and South Clark Street also will be changed to two-way operations.

This section of Crystal Drive will have one travel lane in each direction. 27th Street will have two eastbound lanes to access Crystal Drive and Potomac Avenue, and one westbound lane providing direct access to the Hyatt and Route 1.

After this change, Crystal Drive from 27th Street all the way up to 12th Street will be a two-way street.

Police and the County’s construction team will be on-site throughout Friday to monitor the switch and help direct traffic. If possible, avoid this area during the changeover on mid-day Friday, and be prepared for the new traffic pattern when using these streets in the future.

The Crystal Drive Two-Way Conversion project is helping to establish the street network needed to support future development and transportation improvements planned by the Crystal City Sector Plan. Learn more on the project page

October Newsletter is Out!

A few things you’ll find highlighted in this month’s CCCA Newsletter:

1.  October 1:  Residents may sit in on the joint Arlington County/Alexandria Work session tonightat 7:30 at Gunston.  Meeting notice is here – and details are here.  Let’s hear what they are proposing and show them that 22202 cares.

2.  October 5:  Second payment of Arlington County Property taxes due.

3.  October 8 and 15:  The BID is holding an Open House Tuesday, October 8 and 15, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, to celebrate expansion of its coverage to Pentagon City and Potomac Yard/Arlington.  It will include opportunities to meet and discuss the expansion with BID staff and to learn more about how this strategic move affects our area’s priorities and brand story.  Location: Main Floor Conference Center, 251 18th Street South, Arlington, Virginia. Please RSVP for this free event. 

4.  October 14:  SPRC on MetPark at Aurora Hills Community Center.

5.  November 5:  General Elections.   

 Residents have until October 15 to register to vote, and can check their registration status online.  Offices on the ballot in Arlington will be Senate of Virginia (30th, 31st, and 32nd Districts), Virginia House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts), Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, two County Board seats, and School Board.  You will only have 1 Senate and 1 House District that is determined by where you live. All Arlington voters will have the remaining offices. To see a sample ballot, log on to the Citizen Portal at the Department of Elections

6.  November 13:   Our November 13 CCCA meeting will be organized around development updates for Crystal City, with representatives from JBG Smith and our Crystal City County Planner Matt Matauszek (who will talk on the SPRC process).  We will have brief elections for four offices at the beginning of the meeting:  President, Secretary, Membership Liaison, and Communications Director.  In addition, BID President Tracy Gabriel will give a brief explanation of the BID’s expansion to Pentagon City and Potomac Yard/Arlington.  Details will be issued to members in October. 

BREAKING: JBG Smith Announces Massive Redevelopment Plan for Crystal City

Property owner JBG Smith announced late Tuesday afternoon a major new redevelopment push in Crystal City in the wake of Amazon’s arrival.

The developer says it is planning to redevelop “approximately 2.6 million square feet of space across five multifamily buildings and one office building.”

“The buildings include 2000 and 2001 South Bell Street (formerly 2001 Richmond Highway), 223 23rd Street, 2300 Crystal Drive, and 2525 Crystal Drive, which are all within a half mile of the Metro and Amazon’s new headquarters,” the company said in a press release

E-CARE: The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event

The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) is a biannual event at which residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), bikes, small metal items and other recyclable items.

Before you come to E-CARE, talk to your neighbors. Combine your items and save a trip to the collection site. Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted.

When is the next E-CARE?

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1425 N. Quincy St. (across from Washington-Liberty High School)
Rain or shine – downloadable event brochure

Accepted Materials

  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries
  • Car care products
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Corrosives (acids/caustics)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable solvents
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fuels/petroleum products
  • Household cleaners
  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Paint products (25-can limit)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons (pesticides)
  • Printer ink/toner cartridges
  • Propane gas cylinders (small hand-held or larger)
  • Swimming pool chemicals

Unaccepted Materials

Arlington County Board Approves Expansion of the Crystal City BID

The Arlington County Board voted to allow expansion of the Crystal City BID boundaries to include the interconnected portions of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.

This area is in the midst of a transformation, and the BID feels the updated boundaries will put them in a better position to build on the momentum already underway.

The Crystal City Civic Association issued a letter of support to the Arlington County Board in favor of the expansion. You can read it at this link.

To read more about the Crystal City BID’s expansion, click here:

Say Hello to Ben

Arlington has developed a demonstration project to provide structure to the operation and use of Shared Mobility Devices (SMDs) — like e-scooters — within the County and to evaluate their impacts.

They’ve put together this video all about how to be a courteous and conscientious scooter rider – like Ben.

Ride the ART Bus for FREE

In celebration of Try Transit Week, Sept. 16 – 20, Arlington Transit is planning some fun activities to encourage people to ride the ART bus as well as thank current riders for using the service. Throughout the week, the ART Prize Patrol will be riding various ART routes handing out giveaway items and thanking riders for using ART. Be on the lookout for the Prize Patrol when you board your ART bus!

On Thursday, Sept. 19, everyone will get to ride ART for free! This will be a great opportunity for new riders to try ART and see where the service can take them. Learn more and plan your trip at

Transportation UPDATE: How to Navigate Temporary Protected Walkways at Airport

Beginning on or about Thursday, September 12, pedestrians will use a protected corridor between Terminal B and the Metro station. Around the same time, the pedestrian walkway between Terminal C and the Metro station will close for construction nightly from 11:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Passengers will follow detour signage to the Terminal B walkway.
Minimal impacts are expected.