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Multimodal Street Improvements

Cars on Columbia Pike

The Multimodal Street Improvements Project is being conducted for the purpose of implementing street improvements for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles along Arlington’s 3.5 mile Columbia Pike corridor from the Fairfax County line on the west end to S. Joyce Street on the east end.

The goal of this improvements project is to provide a complete street that achieves an appropriate balance of travel modes and supports future high-quality, high-frequency transit service.

Project Plan

Beginning in October 2009, an analysis of existing and future transportation conditions, environmental documentation, and a preliminary design for multimodal street improvements along Columbia Pike was completed to ensure the corridor achieves an appropriate balance of travel options. The analysis examined alternatives that will provide for the following improvements:

  • Modified street cross-section with reconfigured travel and transit lanes, medians, and left-turn lanes
  • Signalized and un-signalized intersections
  • On-street parking
  • Areas to be readied for existing and future transit services, including concrete pads, wider sidewalks, curb, gutter and utility undergrounding
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings
  • Landscaped median areas and street trees
  • Parallel bicycle routes off of Columbia Pike to the north and south of the corridor (to provide alternate routes around lengths of Columbia Pike constrained by right-of-way)
Columbia Pike Multimodal Typical Section


The $79 million project is funded through a combination of federal, state and local (TCF) funds.

Related Projects

Bike Boulevards

Bike Boulevards will enhance safety and access in the area by creating priority for pedestrians and bicyclists on low-volume, low-speed secondary streets. Two bicycle boulevards parallel to Columbia Pike will be created along 9th Street S. and 12th Street S. Learn more about Bike Boulevards.

Utility Undergrounding and Streetscape Improvements (S. Wakefield Street to Four Mile Run)

Utility undergrounding between S. Wakefield Street and S. Four Mile Run Drive has started. The County’s contractor began the effort to underground utilities by installing duct banks, a construction method designed to consolidate wiring into centralized underground paths. The Streetscape Improvement Plan, which includes installing wider sidewalks, street trees, streetlights, benches and bike racks, will begin once utility undergrounding work is complete, followed by pavement repairs. Learn more about Utility Undergrounding & Streetscape Improvements.

Washington Boulevard Over Columbia Pike Bridge

Built in the 1940s, the existing single-span concrete bridge at Washington Boulevard over Columbia Pike is in need of rehabilitation. In June 2008, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) presented the community with the project design for the Washington Boulevard (Rt. 27)/Columbia Pike (Rt. 244) interchange improvements and bridge replacement. VDOT awarded the design/build contract, which will be funded by state and federal sources, in summer 2011. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2012 and to be completed in 2015. The $59.5 million project is funded through federal and state funds. Learn more about the Washington Boulevard Interchange.