Again, I was not at this meeting and the minutes I rely upon have been known to have errors, so this isn't quite gospel.
Public Art Project on Arlington Boulevard. Ms. Welmoed Laanstra led a discussion on a County
project for proposed new construction along Arlington Boulevard from Courthouse Road bridge to Pershing Drive area involving art on retaining walls. She presented slides showing artist's renderings of what the sites might look like in future with examples of art on the walls. She said it doesn't cost all that much more to make molds for the walls and that beautifying the walls by adding features like art would improve the walls for everyone. She asked the Committee for a letter of support to VDOT for this project. A motion was made, seconded, and passed by acclamation to write a letter to VDOT supporting public art.
Trail Issues. Parks Manager Kevin Stalica promised to caulk the grooves on the Custis Trail. The Washington Boulevard Trail by the new Pentagon Memorial had been reopened, but only two of six
chains which had blocked the trail were removed. Signs along the Custis Trail need improvement. The County is doing an overhaul of signage and bike signs are included to some extent, but the signs belong to NVRPA, not Arlington.
Committee and Staff Priorities for FY-2010. Bike and pedestrian counts were recorded on
September 9, 11, and 13 at various locations in the County. David Patton - with the Arlington County staff - said he would like the counts to be done quarterly. David reported on the Shirlington Underpass project and said it is on target for completion in Spring 2009.
Pentagon Area Bike and Pedestrian Access. David briefly discussed bike/pedestrian access around the Pentagon and said there were lots of problems and issues. He noted that the proposed trail underneath the new Humpback Bridge will end abruptly and not connect to anything.
[WC: That's too bad about the Humpback Bridge underpass - that's the most valuable piece of the project in my opinion. We really need to connect the underpass to Boundary Channel Drive.]