Improvement Coming to Aurora Hills Community Center, Intersection

Published on September 24, 2016

  • Interior renovation for Aurora Hills complex

  • Utilities to be buried underground at Lee Highway/N. Glebe Rd. intersection

  • Intersection project start to larger effort to improve traffic flow safety

The Arlington County Board today approved contracts to upgrade Aurora Hills Community & Senior Center & Library and a busy intersection at Lee Highway and North Glebe Road.

"Both projects will benefit Arlington residents and visitors," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "The upgrades to Aurora Hills have been a long time coming and are much needed, and the Lee Highway/N. Glebe Road undergrounding is an important first step to improving that busy intersection."

Aurora Hills Community & Senior Center upgrades

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve a contract with D&A Contractors, Inc. for approximately  $555,800 to provide general construction services for interior upgrades at the Aurora Hills Community Senior Center and Library, located at 735 18th Street S. Upgrades to the facility will include a new kitchen, ADA compliant bathrooms and reception desk, circulation desk, an administrative office and two storage rooms, new paint and flooring, additional storage cabinets and related electrical upgrades and finish work.

The community center houses County programs and fitness classes for those 55 and older several days a week, and is home to the Arlington Ridge and Aurora Highlands civic associations. During construction, senior programs will be moved to Gunston Community Center.

The aging Aurora Hills Community Center and Library has been identified in the County's Capital Improvement Plan as needing such interior upgrades and is funded by 2014 general obligation (GO) bonds. Work is expected to start this winter. Learn more about the project.

Starting intersection improvement by putting utilities underground

The Board also voted 5 to 0 to approve an approximately $2.7 million contract with Willbros T-D Services East to put utilities that are in the way of future planned streetscape improvements at the intersection of Lee Highway and North Glebe Road underground.

Moving the utilities underground is the first of a three-phased project planned for the intersection. When the three phases are completed, traffic flow will be improved and the busy intersection and surrounding area will be made safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Future phases will include the addition of left-turn lanes along Glebe Road (to ensure safer turning movements and help reduce delays), wider sidewalks, new ADA accessible curb ramps, upgraded traffic signals, new pedestrian signals and better street lighting. Transit stops will also   be upgraded as part of a future construction project.

The project to put the utilities underground is funded through undergrounding and revenue sharing grant funds and is expected to begin in spring 2017. Learn more about the project.