Memorial Grove Approved

The Arlington County Board approved design funding Saturday for a memorial grove that would honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The site, along Arlington Boulevard between Washington Boulevard and 10th Street North, will feature 184 trees, one for each victim of the attack. The project and other proposed improvements are designed to spruce up the appearance of the 51/4 miles of Arlington Boulevard within the county, officials said.

"The September 11th Memorial Grove and other aesthetic improvements will transform this major roadway while honoring the memory of those who died in Arlington on that tragic day," County Board Chairman Barbara A. Favola (D) said in a press release.

The board approved a contract of up to $182,900 to RTKL Associates. The grove was recommended by the county's September 11th Memorial Task Force in its July 2002 Report.

In addition to the Memorial Grove project, RTKL will provide design services for landscaping the 10th Street and North Courthouse Road interchanges with Arlington Boulevard. The contract includes the development of a set of design guidelines for landscaping, lighting, signage and other physical elements for the length of Arlington Boulevard in the county.

The design process of the memorial grove will involve meetings with citizens and representatives from several Arlington commissions and civic groups. County, Virginia Department of Transportation and Fort Myer officials must approve the project design.

Working with VDOT and the county, RTKL will complete a landscape design for the interchange project. The design will be done in conjunction with VDOT's final engineering design for that project. This process also will involve meetings with residents, commissions and civic groups. Final approval of the project design is required by both the county and VDOT.

Designs are expected within six to eight months of execution of the contract and notice to proceed.