Columbia Pike between South Wakefield Street and South Oakland Street
This segment of the Columbia Pike Multimodal Project is in the final phase of design. County staff are working with adjacent property owners to finalize and acquire easements. Once all easements have been secured and bid documents completed, procurement will begin for a contractor.
Washington Gas pre-construction work
Washington Gas is required to relocate their in-street gas main prior to the County beginning construction on this improvements project. This pre-construction work started in November 2018.
As of January 2019, Washington Gas is working near South Thomas Street, moving in an east direction. The completion of the new gas main is expected in spring 2019.
Electronic message boards are in place on Columbia Pike to notify drivers of this work.
What to expect during the Washington Gas gas main relocation:
- Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
- Weekend and night work are possible. If weekend work occurs, it will be done on Saturdays between 10 am and 6 pm.
- There will be traffic disruptions and lane closures while Washington Gas’s contractor, Northern Pipeline (NPL), is in the street.
- Around the work zone on Columbia Pike, at least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
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:
- Wider sidewalks
- New street lights
- Upgraded traffic signals
- Street trees
Project staff have been meeting with adjacent property owners regarding this project. Additionally, staff attended meetings of the following civic associations to give a project update:
- Alcova Heights
Staff will continue their outreach to nearby civic associations in the near future.