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Construction Updates

(Updated March 2014)
New traffic pattern, closures at Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard

As of Jan. 30, 2014, drivers heading to I-395 from eastbound Columbia Pike in Arlington use a new traffic pattern:

  • Traffic going to I-395 North turns left at the signal on South Quinn Street. At the top of the ramp, traffic then bears right and merges onto Washington Boulevard.
  • Traffic going to I-395 South heads straight through the light at South Quinn Street and uses the ramp on the right.

The new traffic pattern will be in place through 2014. Message signs are in place to notify drivers. This work is part of a Virginia Department of Transportation project to replace the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike. The project will be complete in summer 2015.

Utility Undergrounding and Street Improvements (South Wakefield Street to Four Mile Run)

Construction for the utility undergrounding duct system is complete. Dominion Virginia Power, Verizon and Comcast will transfer their overhead lines to underground during the next few months. Once these transfers are complete, the existing utility poles along Columbia Pike will be removed, allowing for the remaining road work and realignment of South Four Mile Run to take place.

The County’s contractor is also working on street improvements, including wider sidewalks, street lights and tree pits. The road reconstruction continues with both day and night operations requiring the closing of two lanes, except during rush hours. The road work is expected to be complete in April 2014.

We appreciate your patience during this time. Businesses located along Columbia Pike remain open during construction and owners greatly appreciate the community’s continuous support. Due to delays with the undergrounding, the new anticipated project completion date is spring 2014. Learn more about Undergrounding & Streetscape Improvements.

Bike Boulevards

The County recently placed signs on the 9th Street South side of the bike boulevards. Crews continue to place street markings and signs on both sides of the boulevards. Staff are currently designing updated curbs, medians, ADA compliant ramps and sidewalk re-alignments. Staff has hired a consultant to develop a traffic analysis on each proposed HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) Beacon location. Following these design and analysis phases, the project team will meet with the community to discuss these new features. Learn more about Bike Boulevards.