Columbia Pike, from the Arlington/Fairfax County line on the west end to South Joyce Street on the east end
Construction for utility undergrounding and streetscape improvements is proceeding in phases. Work is underway for the following segments:
For the following project segments, final design is expected to be complete in summer 2020:
- South Garfield Street to South Quinn Street
- South Orme Street to South Joyce Street
- Bike Boulevards
- Utility Undergrounding & Streetscape Improvements:
- Four Mile Run to South Wakefield Street
- South Oakland Street to South Garfield Street
- Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike (VDOT project)
About the Project
The goal of this project is to 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.
Along with visible improvements to the road, extensive work is occurring below the roadway – to replace aging and leak-prone water and sewer pipes and to bury existing overhead utilities underground.
The Columbia Pike Multimodal Transportation Study completed an analysis of existing and future transportation conditions and developed a preliminary design for street improvements along Columbia Pike to ensure the corridor achieves an appropriate balance of travel options. The analysis examined alternatives with 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 bike routes off of Columbia Pike to the north and south of the corridor
The County also is working to improve transit facilities along Columbia Pike. New transit stations will serve two purposes: accommodating riders on the busiest bus transit corridor in Northern Virginia, and serving the community’s vision of transforming the Pike into a more transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly “Main Street.”
New stations will make transit along the Pike easier, safer, more attractive and accessible – encouraging more people to use it. Construction of the stations is being coordinated with the Columbia Pike Multimodal project. Learn more
Additional outreach is occurring as each segment moves into construction. For more information, visit the following pages:
The following is related to community outreach and public involvement for the overall Multimodal Street Improvements project:
Summer 2019 outreach
County staff are attending community events to inform residents about current and upcoming construction for the Columbia Pike multimodal and transit stations projects.
Read our flyer that summarizes both projects - Flyer
Community meetings and briefings
- April 2019 - Presentation to Penrose Civic Association
The $99 million project is funded with a combination of regional transportation funds and local commercial property taxes dedicated to transportation.