There are four parts to this initial public engagement opportunity for the Long Bridge Drive Multimodal Connection:

  1. Project Background and Goals
    • Why this project? Why now? We answer these questions below.
  2. Project Location and Existing Conditions
    • Here, we define the project area and show you what is there today, including traffic data.
  3. Questions About Your Experiences
    • On this page, we have four questions for you about how you travel to and through the corridor to learn more about your experiences here.
  4. Interactive Map
    • Here, you'll be able to add your own notes to specific locations within the project area, to share more detailed experiences with the project team as we develop a conceptual design for the corridor.


This engagement opportunity is open through October 15, 2023. Following a review of your input, the project team will summarize what we heard and share it back with you.

We'll then include your feedback into a conceptual design that we'll bring to the community in Spring 2024 for a second round of public engagement.

Questions? Comments? Email Nate Graham, Public Engagement Specialist at nsgraham@arlingtonva.us.

Project Background

This capital project originated after DES Transportation staff identified the corridor as a vital link between regional trail projects along the Potomac River to other local multimodal projects spanning from Northern Virginia into Washinton, D.C.

This project fills a missing link in the network for multimodal use trails in Crystal City and Pentagon City, connecting it with the regional trail network (Mount Vernon Trail) and a future bicycle and pedestrian connection to Washington, D.C. (The Long Bridge Project).

We're now beginning the Capital Project process to deliver these improvements with this initial public engagement.

Project Goals

  • Create a direct, separated multimodal connection for people walking and biking
  • Improve safety for people walking, biking, and utilizing multimodal transport in this key commercial, recreational, and commuter-centric corridor
  • Include trail features such as pedestrian ramps that meet the most recent accessibility standards
  • Reduce conflicts between Long Bridge Drive vehicles and multimodal tranportation users
  • Address other safety and operational issues identified through observation and public engagement

Project Basis

Planning guidance from this project comes from the following County Board-adopted plans and policies:

Master Transportation Plan

  • Streets Element: the County's Complete Street Policy (Streets Element Policy #4.2) informs the scope of this project to improve safety for all road users, including people walking, biking, taking transit and driving
  • Bicycle Element: This segment of Long Bridge Drive is included in the Bicycle and Trail network as a primary bicycling corridor with an existing bikeway (striped bike lanes)

Vision Zero Action Plan

  • The 2021 Vision Zero Action Plan calls on County Transportation staff to take a proactive approach to safety, to eliminate severe and fatal crashes from our transportation network by 2030
  • Separating vulnerable road users (people walking and biking) from motor vehicle traffic is a core, effective tool for eliminating severe and fatal crashes before they occur.
  • Providing a multi-use trail that fully separates people walking and biking is an essential safety tool for a corridor that provides motor vehicle access to a major interstate, especially when we anticipate a significant increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the corridor in the coming years.

Public Spaces Master Plan

  • Strategic Direction #2 of the Public Spaces Master Plan calls for the County to "[i]mprove the network of trails to, between and within public spaces to increase access and enhance connectivity"
  • Priority Action further specifies that the County should "[c]reate safe routes to parks and other public spaces by filling gaps in sidewalks and trails that connect public spaces to neighborhoods, schools, transit stations and other County facilities"

Additionally, the corridor serves the Long Bridge Aquatics Center and Long Bridge Park and provides a direct link between high-density residential and commercial neighborhoods with public space, facilities, and multi-use trails for transportation, recreation and activity.