At the June 8th Shirlington Civic Association meeting, County staff presented an updated approach for improvements at the intersection of South Arlington Mill and South Walter Reed Drives. This was in response to questions posed by residents at the December SCA meeting and a subsequent letter from several area condo associations to the County Board.

Valerie Mosley, Capital Project Manager in the Transportation division of the Arlington Department of Environmental Services, said the plan is in the design and engineering phase and is about 30% completed.  The target is to have construction begin in the fall of 2017.

Residents of communities along South Arlington Mill Drive continued expressed concern about some of the planned changes, most notably the reduction from two westbound left turn lanes to one lane at the intersection. They said exiting and entering their condo developments is likely to become more difficult unless other adjustments were made. County staff will respond shortly.

At the same meeting, Mickey Papillon, manager of Shirlington with Federal Realty, provided an update on the parking situation at the Campbell Garage. The confusing signage is being redone, and discussions are underway with those entitled to parking under the current agreement, approved by the County over 10 years ago, including Harris Teeter, Shirlington Library, Signature Theater, Delancey (UDR) rental apartments, Shirlington Village Condominiums, and Hilton Garden Inn.  Federal Realty is working with the various stakeholders to create a fair and equitable solution regarding space availability and enforcement so that parking is not abused and that all the available parking spaces are available as much as possible to as many as possible.

— Richard Adler