(Updated November 1, 2013)
Columbia Pike Undergrounding & Street Improvements: October 2013
Lane Closures on Columbia Pike Starting Nov. 11
Roadway reconstruction on Columbia Pike from South Wakefield Drive to Four Mile Run will begin Monday, Nov. 11 for approximately six weeks, weather permitting. Work will begin at the west side of the project and move east. Lane closures and work will be as follows:
- 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Two lanes will be closed for excavation
- 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. – Lane closure will be reduced to one lane to install subbase
- 7 p.m.-6:30 a.m. – Laying of asphalt; one lane will remain open to traffic
- 6:30-9:30 a.m. – Both lanes will be open to traffic
- 7 p.m.-6 a.m. – Two lanes will be closed for excavation and installing subbase
- 6 a.m. – Lane closure will be reduced to one lane
- 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Laying of asphalt; one lane will remain open to traffic
- 3:30-7 p.m. – Both lanes will be open to traffic
Construction for the utility undergrounding duct system is complete. Verizon representatives are finalizing the connections for the new underground lines. Once completed, the overhead Verizon lines will be removed. Dominion Virginia Power and Comcast representatives continue to move ahead by pulling new lines through the duct system for the transfer of overhead utility lines to underground. Once the work is complete, crews will remove the existing utility poles along this segment of Columbia Pike.
The street improvement phase of this project continues with the realignment of South Four Mile Run Minor and addition of wider sidewalks, trees and street lights. Construction crews are currently installing driveway aprons and sidewalks between South Wakefield Street and South Four Mile Run Minor. This concrete work is anticipated to be complete by early November 2013. Crews will then move forward with the concrete work along Columbia Pike west of Four Mile Run Minor.
Crews may perform some of this work during evening hours to minimize the impact to businesses and motorists. Residents can expect some construction noise associated with this work. The County appreciates your patience during this time! Businesses located along Columbia Pike remain open during construction and owners greatly appreciate the community’s continuous support. The anticipated completion date is early spring 2014. The revised date allows for the installation of pavement, which requires warmer temperatures, along this segment of Columbia Pike. (Updated October 21, 2013) Learn more about Undergrounding & Streetscape Improvements.
Bike Boulevards: October 2013
To provide safe and convenient bike routes along the Pike, Arlington County will create two bike boulevards parallel to Columbia Pike on low-volume and low-speed (25 MPH) streets. The County recently placed signs on the 9th Street S. 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 HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signal. Following these design and analysis phases, the project team will meet with the community to discuss these new features. (Updated October 18, 2013) Learn more about Bike Boulevards.
Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike
Ongoing Lane Closures
During the project, drivers can expect single lane closures daily on Washington Boulevard in both directions from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Drivers can also expect periodic traffic shifts. Up to five weekend closures per year of Columbia Pike are expected for work such as bridge demolition and erection of high beams. These closures will begin after rush hour Friday evening and reopen by rush hour on Monday morning. Traffic will be rerouted between S. Quinn Street and S. Orme Street around the north side of the intersection. Message signs will notify motorists of these closures in advance. Learn more about the 27/244 Interchange.
Arlington Mill Community Center: September 2013
The construction of Arlington Mill Community Center has been completed. The community center is now open. The residences are slated for completion in winter 2013. (Updated September 4, 2013) Learn more about Arlington Mill Community Center.
Super Stops: September 2013
The County is conducting a comprehensive review of the performance, cost, design and construction of the recently completed Walter Reed Super Stop prototype. The goal of the review is to design and construct the remaining 23 planned stops in a faster and more cost effective way. We thank the 737 Super Stop users and Columbia Pike neighbors who took our online survey. The valuable data from this survey will inform our design review process. The final comprehensive review is slated for completion in early 2014. (Updated September 5, 2013) Learn more about Super Stops.
Penrose Square: November 2012
Variable Message Signs
To provide real-time traffic information and emergency messages, Arlington is installing eight Variable Message Signs, including four on Arlington Boulevard, two on Columbia Pike, and two on Lee Highway. The signs will be installed in phases with the two on Arlington Boulevard at Fillmore Street and Pershing Drive going live this spring. All signs will be installed and online by mid-2013. Learn more about Variable Message Signs.