Columbia Pike: County Line to Four Mile Run

Location

Columbia Pike from the Arlington/Fairfax County line to Four Mile Run (aka, Segments H&I, the west end), Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Status

Construction

DES Columbia Pike Multimodal Jefferson St before after

Construction Update – June 2022

Transit Station Installation

The installation of four transit stations on Columbia Pike between South Four Mile Run and South Glebe Road will begin on the week of June 6, 2022.

This work will temporarily relocate four existing bus stops while the new stations are being installed. To see the affected stations and find their temporary locations, visit the bus stop relocation page.

Construction Update – March 2022

Utility undergrounding

All lines have been removed from poles. Once poles are removed, contractors will be conducting sidewalk work such as brick banding, bike rack installation and asphalt work.

Retaining wall construction on the northwest corner of S Frederick Street

To provide a safe and accessible walkway for pedestrians along Columbia Pike, Arlington County will replace a deteriorated existing retaining wall with a new concrete retaining wall. Located on the northwest corner of S Frederick Street and Columbia Pike near Arbor Heights, construction is anticipated to begin in April 2022.

Traffic Impacts

The sidewalk between South Frederick Street and South Greenbrier Street will be closed on the north side of Columbia Pike. Pedestrians will be directed to cross at those intersections to use the southern sidewalk. The right westbound lane will also be closed near the worksite while work is being done.

Work hours will be 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on weekdays, and 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Saturdays.

  • Both east bound lanes will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. for morning rush hour traffic
  • Both westbound lanes will be open from 3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. for evening rush hour.
  • All intersections will be open during morning and evening rush hour, Monday-Saturday

 

Columbia Pike and S Jefferson Street - Sculpture foundation construction

Work on the sculpture foundation for The Pike by artist Donald Lipski, has been completed at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street.

Final installation of the sculpture is anticipated in May of 2022, following a complete cure of the concrete foundation. 

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.

A Pike for All Users

Streetscape improvements will include the following enhancements and amenities:

  • Wider sidewalks
  • New streetlights
  • Upgraded traffic signals
  • Street trees

The project also includes a work of public art for Arlington’s western gateway, near Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street.

Traffic Impacts

Fort Myer Construction, the County’s contractor for this project, received its Notice to Proceed on Feb. 20, 2018. Project construction reached substantial completion in fall 2020. The utility undergrounding - including removal of overhead wires and utility poles - is expected to be completed in late 2021.

  • There will be traffic disruptions and lane closures throughout the duration of this project
  • Around the work zone on Columbia Pike, at least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times
  • Left turn restrictions may be required - Do not drive through a work zone

Public Process

January 2020 construction open house

This open house provided information on two Columbia Pike projects that had entered new phases of construction: Multimodal and Transit Stations.

  • View the open house display boards - in English or Spanish
  • Summary of feedback we heard and County responses/actions

December 2019: Staff provided a project update to the County Board - View the presentation

Staff have also provided project updates to community organizations:

  • March and May 2018 - Presentation to the Columbia Forest Civic Association and Arlington Mill Civic Association
  • June 2017 - Presentation to Pike Presidents Group
  • May 2017 - Presentation to Arlington Mill Civic Association