Circulation was a key consideration throughout the planning process. The project introduced a new north-south road connection, Potomac Ave, reducing traffic congestion on US Route 1, the major north-south highway that parallels the site. This project also brought about the replacement and new alignment of Monroe Avenue Bridge, improving traffic patterns and connectivity to Old Town. The development is served by the area’s only BRT line traversing Arlington and Alexandria, and is adjacent to a future planned Metrorail station, making it accessible by public transportation.
To celebrate the rich transportation history of the Potomac Yard, LandDesign designed a granite monument that tell the story of how trade and transportation has shaped the region, from foot and horse to canal boats, and later to trains and automobiles. Designed in close collaboration with the City’s archaeologists and historians, this interpretive monument adorns the community’s central neighborhood park, connecting residents to the history of the land.
Extensive City Coordination
LandDesign worked with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities during the design process to ensure the proposed program met the City’s landscape guidelines and design standards. This early coordination was crucial to ensuring the proper long-term maintenance of these public spaces.