A sidewalk will be constructed on 8th Street S. from S. Courthouse Road to S. Barton Street. The sidewalk will provide a safer pedestrian environment and connectivity to the Columbia Pike Branch Library, Patrick Henry Elementary School and the Arlington Career Center.
A new 27-foot (face of curb to face of curb) street width with a 5-foot sidewalk along 8th Street S. will be part of a larger ADA compliant sidewalk network to ensure a safer route for pedestrians. Additional project improvements include:
County staff have also been working with the County Urban Forester to protect several mature trees in the project vicinity.
County staff have been working closely with Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) to relocate several utility poles in a timely manner, including the coordination of one pole that also includes utility wires for Comcast and Verizon. Arlington County staff have received the 8th Street S. utility pole relocation plans from DVP and have reviewed these plans. County staff will meet on-site with residents and DVP representatives to discuss the pole relocations. When plans are finalized, DVP will add this project to the construction schedule. Once the relocation of the utility poles is complete, Arlington County will make necessary repairs to the sidewalk.
|Completed portions of the 8th Street South Sidewalk from S. Courthouse Road to S. Barton Street.|
The Penrose community has requested sidewalks along 8th Street S. as far back as 1969. County staff has been actively involved with the Penrose Civic Association and residents throughout the project. Feedback received from the community was incorporated into the project plans while meeting the goals of the Master Transportation Plan (MTP). The Penrose Civic Association circulated a petition for residents to choose between a 30-foot or 27-foot roadway with a 5-foot sidewalk. The majority chose the 27-foot wide street option which was designed and is currently being constructed.
The project is funded through the WalkArlington Program.