(Updated February 2014)
New traffic pattern, closures at Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard
As of Jan. 30, drivers heading to I-395 from eastbound Columbia Pike in Arlington now use a new traffic pattern:
- Traffic going to I-395 North will turn left at the signal on South Quinn Street. At the top of the ramp, traffic will then bear right and merge onto Washington Boulevard.
- Traffic going to I-395 South will head straight through the light at South Quinn Street and use the ramp on the right.
This traffic pattern will be in place for about 8-12 months. Message signs are in place to notify drivers of the new traffic pattern.
Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard Weekend Closures
Columbia Pike will be closed in both directions between South Queen Street and South Orme Street for the next two weekends (Feb. 22 and March 1) as crews finish demolishing the old Washington Boulevard bridge. Closures will be from 9 p.m. each Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone via the interchange ramps and temporary pavement.
This work is part of the VDOT 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 improvement elements, 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 January 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.
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. Learn more about Bike Boulevards.
Arlington Mill Community Center
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. Learn more about Arlington Mill Community Center.