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UPDATED: Rosslyn Metro entrance work starts

Updated 1:42 p.m.: The construction contract to build the new entrance, among other features, at the Rosslyn Metro station is $32.6 million. That contract is being funded through federal, state, local and developer contributions.

The entire cost of the project, including preliminary design, engineering, environmental studies and construction, is about $45 million, Arlington transit officials said. Of that, $11 million is from the federal government, including $3 million in grants secured by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.).

Original post: Arlington County officials broke ground Wednesday morning for a $32.6 million entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station in the Metro Park on North Lynn Street, directly across from the current entrance. The new entrance is expected to open in spring 2013.

The second entrance, which will be under construction in about a month, will add three new high speed, high capacity elevators, an emergency stairwell and passageway to the Rosslyn station. The changes will allow some 2,000 additional passengers to enter and exit the Metro station per hour, said Chris Zimmerman, vice chairman of the Arlington County Board.

Two of every three transit trips in Northern Virginia begin or end in Rosslyn, and one of three transit trips in the state begin or end in Rosslyn, making it the busiest station in Virginia, Zimmerman said. "And it is going to get busier."

The elevator entrance will eventually sit in a courtyard between two 390-feet office towers known as Central Place. One tower will be residential and the other will be office space, said Kathleen Webb, executive development officer of JBG Companies, the developer for the project.

"People will be able to live and work in Rosslyn without owning a car," she said.

The office building also will have an observation deck on the top floor that will overlook Arlington and the District, as it is one of the tallest buildings proposed in the metropolitan area. Webb said that the observation will be open to the public for a nominal fee and be a major tourist attraction.

The 35-story 1812 N. Moore Street development also is under construction in the same area.

-- Christy Goodman

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Christy Goodman  | October 28, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
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So Metro is building ANOTHER entrance without parallel stairs? (I assume "emergency stairs" refer to the hidden fire exits.)

One would hope they could/would learn from past mistakes, but...

So we'll again have issues where the remaining escalator is shut down for use as stairs; as we do now at Dupont, etc.

Yes, it IS a long walk up/down at Rosslyn, but it is also a easier one on real stairs than stopped escalator ones. And we could use the exercise.

Posted by: j_oper | October 27, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like an entry similar in style to the Jenifer Street entrance at Friendship Heights... 3 elevators and a fire escape with no escalators.

Posted by: mcrochip | October 27, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

While this project will facilitate entrance into the Metro station, it does not relieve the larger problem of platform overcrowding.

The narrow platforms in the Rosslyn station are already overcrowded. That problem will only get worse with the addition of new office towers in Rosslyn, and will suffer even more when the new Silver Line goes into service (which will lead to far more Rosslyn transfers).

Chris Zimmerman and the Arlington County Board have exacerbated the problem of overcrowding at the Rosslyn Metro, by approving oversized developments in Rosslyn, without regard to Metro crowding. The two-track Metro system is near its maximum carrying capacity, but Zimmerman and allies want to force ever-larger crowds onto the limited system.

It's time for new leadership on the Metro Board, and on the Arlington County Board.

Posted by: jrmil | October 28, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

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