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New entrance for Rosslyn station

Federal, state and local officials will break ground Wednesday on a project designed to improve access to the Rosslyn Metro station and meet increases in passenger traffic.

In July the Arlington County Board approved the construction of a second entrance into the station. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The new $32.6 million entrance will include three high-speed, high-capacity elevators, a new emergency stairwell and underground mezzanine. It will be located across the street from the current escalator entrance on North Moore Street.

About 16,940 boardings were counted by Metro officials at Rosslyn station on an average weekday in May 2009. A 2002 study forecast that Metrorail ridership there would grow to 22,000 by 2020, according to Metro.

Three of the area's tallest buildings are planned for Rosslyn, including a 390-foot skyscraper at 1812 North Moore St.

The new entrance will better handle the increased passenger load expected as Rosslyn adds some 2 million square feet of residential and commercial space, officials said.

The county is paying for the project through a combination of commercial real estate taxes, federal funding and fee reimbursements.

North Moore Street switched to a one-way street heading south toward Wilson Boulevard this month due to construction on the skyscraper, and the Metro station entrance project. Bus stops also shifted south along North Moore Street and taxi stands were relocated.

-- Staff reports

By Michael Bolden  | October 26, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Metro, Northern Virginia  
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