Columbia Pike Construction Update

Post date: Sep 6, 2013 5:28:53 AM

Utility Undergrounding and Street Improvements

Construction for the utility undergrounding duct system is complete. Verizon representatives are currently splicing the connections for new underground lines. In the next several months, Dominion Virginia Power and Comcast representatives will pull new underground lines to make required power connections. Once these power connections are complete, crews will remove the existing utility poles.

The County’s contractor is moving forward with the street improvement phase, which includes: realignment of S. Four Mile Run Minor, wider sidewalks, street trees and street lights. The Columbia Pike westbound bus stop has been permanently relocated east of S. Buchanan Street.

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 project is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2013.

Super Stops

The County is conducting a comprehensive review of the performance, cost, design and construction of the 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.

Bike Boulevards

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, sidewalk re-alignments and a HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK)signal. Following this design phase, the project team will meet with the community to discuss the new features.

Thank you,

Arlington County

Department of Environmental Services

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