Board Approves Streetscape, Water Main Contracts

Published on January 25, 2020

The Arlington County Board today approved contracts for projects that will improve the streetscape on 20th Road North, upgrade several intersections along the North Pershing Drive corridor, and rehabilitate a North Glebe Road water main. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders in a competitive bidding process.

"As Arlington continues to grow, it is essential that we continue to invest in infrastructure, both to maintain what we have and to make it better where we need to," Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey said. "The contracts the Board approved today, one of them for a Neighborhood Conservation Program project, will enhance the resiliency of our drinking water system, make four intersections along North Pershing Drive safer and more accessible and do the same for 20th Road North between North Vermont Street and North Utah Street."

Neighborhood Conservation project on 20th Road North

The Board approved a $1.112 million contract with Sagres Construction Corporation to build a Neighborhood Conservation streetscape project on 20th Road North, between North Vermont Street and North Utah Street, in the Waverly Hills Civic Association. The project will improve pedestrian safety by adding sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, and crosswalks. A curb extension is planned at the intersection of 20th Road North and North Vermont Street. It also will add storm infrastructure such as curb inlets and storm pipes. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 34 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 Regular County Board Meeting.

Rehabilitating a water main under North Glebe Road

The Board approved a $4.478 million contract with J. Fletcher Creamer and Sons, Inc. to rehabilitate a water main in the right-of-way of North Glebe Road between Old North Glebe Road and Little Falls Road. The water main, built in 1972, suffered a catastrophic failure in 2009. The County installed another line beside it and took the failed main out of service in 2013. The project, part of the County's Water Main Rehabilitation/Replacement program included in the Capital Improvement Plan, will line the damaged main with a new smaller pipe and replace some of it. Traffic flow will be maintained during working hours throughout the project.

Short-term water service disruptions will be coordinated with affected residents in advance of any shutdowns and all shutdowns will be limited to construction hours during the workday. Staff will provide regular construction updates on the project website, and staff will coordinate with affected Civic Associations to keep residents informed.County seal

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 36 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 Regular County Board Meeting.

Improving North Pershing Drive intersections

The Board approved a $1.423 million contract with Sagres Construction Corporation to begin implementing the Pershing Drive Complete Streets Project. The corridor serves thousands of automobile trips each day, along with ART and WMATA buses, many bicyclists and pedestrians. The project is the first of three phases of construction planned for the corridor.

The project will improve safety and accessibility for all who walk, bike, ride a bus or drive along the busy corridor, between North Barton and North Piedmont Streets. The North Pershing Drive and Highland Street; North Pershing Drive and North Garfield Street; North Pershing Drive and North Oakland Street, and North Pershing and North Fillmore Stree intersections are all scheduled to be improved.

The project includes installing new curb extensions; improving bus stops; ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb ramps; high-visibility crosswalks, and a signal upgrade at the intersection with North Fillmore Street. The project will also install a bioretention system at the North Oakland Street intersection, which will filter stormwater runoff.

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 35 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 Regular County Board Meeting.