Columbia Pike from the Arlington/Fairfax County line to Four Mile Run (aka, the west end)
Construction starting in 2018
At its Nov. 18 meeting, the County Board approved a $14.6 million contract for construction of utility undergrounding and street improvements between the Four Mile Run Bridge and South Jefferson Street.
Construction on this west end segment is expected to begin in early 2018 and will last approximately three years. As the start of work approaches, more details on construction timelines and phases will be shared through our email update (sign-up using the box on the right) and on this project page.
Pre-construction work underway - Washington Gas
In April 2017, pre-construction work began with the relocation of the in-street gas main. Washington Gas must relocate their main prior to the County beginning construction on this project. The gas main relocation is expected to be complete in winter 2018.
Night work at Columbia Pike intersections
Washington Gas’s contractor, Northern Pipeline (NPL), will begin intersection work at Columbia Pike and South Dinwiddie Street on or about Dec. 4. Work at this intersection is expected to last approximately one month.
Upon completion of all intersection work, NPL will begin changing over gas service to the affected properties. Property owners will be contacted in advance of these service changeovers.
What to expect during this work:
- There will be traffic disruptions and lane closures while Washington Gas crews are in the street.
- Around the work zone on Columbia Pike, at least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
- Left turn restrictions may be required - Do not drive through a work zone.
- Washington Gas will stage equipment and materials at several locations along Columbia Pike. Access to adjacent properties will remain open, but there may be turn restrictions into and out of the properties.
About the Project
This work is part of the Columbia Pike multimodal project that will make Columbia Pike a safer, more accessible route for all users. Arlington is transforming this main thoroughfare into a complete street that balances all modes of travel and supports high-quality, high-frequency transit service.
In addition to visible improvements to the road, extensive work will occur below the roadway – to replace aging and leak-prone water and sewer pipes and to bury existing overhead utilities underground.
Streetscape improvements will include the following enhancements and amenities:
- Wider sidewalks
- New street lights
- Upgraded traffic signals
- Street trees
The project also includes a work of public art for Arlington’s western gateway, near Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street.
In May and June 2017, staff from the project team and public art gave project updates to community stakeholders: