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 in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Improved curb ramps
  • Upgraded traffic signals
  • A new bike lane
  • Decorative lighting
  • Landscaping

Along southbound Lee Highway, the multi-use Martha Custis Trail is being widened to 16 feet and shifted away from the travel lanes. 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, southbound Lee Highway averages 5,900 vehicles a day and North Lynn Street averages 15,000.


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
Estimated Completion - Spring 2020


Contact Info:

Donald Angerman, CCM

Yusaf Masud, P.E.

Project Photos

Phase: Under Construction

UPC: 109813

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

Long/Lat: 38.899007, -77.070772

Locality: Arlington

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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: June 27, 2019