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Monday, July 20 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Transforming 1960s Streets – from Auto-Oriented to Complete Streets in Crystal City

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Crystal City is one of Arlington, Virginia's "urban villages" located near the Pentagon. Recent Federal actions have resulted in a significant loss of jobs and high vacancy rates, leaving Crystal City in an ideal position for redevelopment. Arlington adopted a Sector Plan to reposition the future of Crystal City and its transportation network. Crystal City is transforming from an area of one-way streets and highways to a place with complete streets with a bidirectional urban street grid, high-capacity transit and a network of bicycle facilities and accessible sidewalks.

A tax increment financing district (TIF) was created to pay for the transportation infrastructure envisioned by the Sector Plan. A Complete Streets Program was created by County Staff using funding from the TIF to implement the infrastructure improvements in a phased schedule. A multidisciplinary team of Arlington County staff was formed to complete tasks associated with the program including preliminary engineering design, right of way acquisition and construction management. Session attendees will learn how to deal with the challenges of formulating an area-wide transportation improvement program, how to translate a visioning concept to a practical engineering design and successful construction completion in an area with significant sub-surface structures and adjacent dense redevelopment.


Dave Kirschner P.E.

Capital Project Manager, Arlington County Government
Dave Kirschner is a Transportation Engineer and multimodal transportation design specialist.  His experience in the public and private sector has focused on transforming roadways into complete streets to accommodate all road users.  Dave created the paving program that regularly evaluates and updates the design of Arlington County's roadways for multimodal transportation. He designed and implemented the County's first protected bike... Read More →
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Katherine Youngbluth, AICP

Commercial Development Specialist, Arlington County Government
Katherine Youngbluth is Commercial Specialist in the Arlington County Economic Development Department. Before moving to Economic Development in the Summer of 2014, Katherine built the $29 million Crystal City Complete Street Program. As the Program Manager, she lead interdisciplinary technical teams through the design and construction processes. She is an expert in delivering and financing multimodal street projects on time and under budget... Read More →

Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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