As of March 2023, Fort Myer Construction Company has completed all work and has been issued a Certificate of Final Acceptance. The site has been turned over to the City of Falls Church.
One of the unique aspects of this project was the creation and installation of the history panels. They tell the transportation story of the City of Falls Church (and area and town preceding "city" status) through eight unique periods.
The People to 1700: Native Peoples and Their Land
Settlement 1700 - 1815: Tobacco and the Early Economy
Virginia Village 1815 - 1861: Turnpikes and Tolls
Civil War 1861 - 1865: A Village Divided
Rebuilding 1865 - 1890: Coming of the Railroad
Turn of the 20th Century 1890 - 1920: The Spanish-American War
The Emerging City 1920 - 1950: From Horse to Highway
In a 2008 study (PDF, 31 pages), funded by a grant from the Council of Governments (COG), the need and viability for transportation improvements along the S Washington St. corridor were assessed.
The goals of this study were to:
Encourage multi-modal transportation options
Create a more walkable corridor
Connect the area to City Center, N Washington St, and the East Falls Church Metro Station
The study concluded that there were definite needs for improvement along this corridor. Working in conjunction with VDOT and Fairfax County, City staff have generated a comprehensive plan to address the additional deficiencies. Input garnered at community meetings held earlier in 2013 was taken into consideration, and the current plan reflects that feedback.
The following streetscape improvements are planned:
Transit plaza at Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. which will include bus shelters, benches, and bike racks.
Intersection changes at Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. including new traffic signals, pedestrian push buttons, intersection geometric changes, and removal of the "free right" turn lane from north bound S Washington St. to Hillwood Ave.
Crosswalks at the Hillwood Ave. and S Washington St. intersection.
Improved streetscapes along both sides of S. Washington St. from Annandale Rd. to Tinner Hill St. , including brick pavers, street lighting, trees, and ADA compliant curb ramps.
A total of $9.4 million in federal and state funds were designated for an Intermodal Transit Plaza, whose construction is bound by federal milestone dates.
This multimodal project is funded through a combination of grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Six-Year Improvement Program/Urban funds.