The bridge over Four Mile Run on Columbia Pike between South Four Mile Run Drive and South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street.
On Jan. 23, 2021, the County Board voted unanimously to approve the award of an approximately $1 million contract, including contingency, to widen the Columbia Pike Bridge over Four Mile Run’s sidewalk and perform maintenance and minor repairs to the bridge deck.
Implementation of the improvements is expected to start in April 2021, with completion in fall 2021.
About the Project
Improve the pedestrian experience on the Columbia Pike Four Mile Run Bridge by:
- Widening the northern sidewalk to 10 feet (existing sidewalk width is 5 feet)
- Providing lighting on the northern bridge sidewalk (Carlyle-style lighting, consistent with the corridor)
- Replacing split-rail style guardrails on approaches with sturdier metal railings
Throughout the engagement process for the Columbia Pike west end project, County staff received feedback about the pedestrian experience on the bridge’s north sidewalk. Concerns centered around the sidewalk feeling too narrow and too poorly lit at night to feel comfortable or safe.
Following community meetings in spring 2019, staff began exploring options for improving the northern sidewalk and determined there is room for sidewalk expansion within the existing bridge width. This expansion would provide a 10-foot-wide shared sidewalk space and Carlyle-style lighting on the bridge’s north side.
About the Process
County staff shared information about the pedestrian enhancements for the Columbia Pike Four Mile Run Bridge at several community meetings and events, including:
- Arlington Mill Civic Association – November 2019
- Wandering the West Pike – May 2019
- Arlington Mill Farmers’ Market – April 2019