Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements
Work will begin on Segments A and F in 2022. Both phases will involve lane closures to accommodate the necessary utility undergrounding, sidewalk widening, and other aspects involved with these phases. We will share information about traffic impacts and timelines as they develop.
As of Spring 2022, undergrounding of utilities between the County line and Four Mile Run is nearly complete. After utility poles are removed, contractors will commence sidewalk work and improvements. Visit the segment’s project page.
Segments F and A
Work will begin on Segments F and A in 2022. Both phases will involve lane closures to accommodate the necessary utility undergrounding, sidewalk widening, and other aspects involved with these phases.
We will share information about traffic impacts and timelines as they develop.
About the Project
The goal of this project is to 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.
Along with visible improvements to the road, extensive work is occurring below the roadway – to replace aging and leak-prone water and sewer pipes and to bury existing overhead utilities underground.
Columbia Pike Multimodal Transportation Study
The Columbia Pike Multimodal Transportation Study completed an analysis of existing and future transportation conditions and developed a preliminary design for street improvements along Columbia Pike to ensure the corridor achieves an appropriate balance of travel options. The analysis examined alternatives with the following improvements:
- Modified street cross-section with reconfigured travel and transit lanes, medians, and left-turn lanes
- Signalized and un-signalized intersections
- On-street parking
- Areas to be readied for existing and future transit services, including concrete pads, wider sidewalks, curb, gutter and utility undergrounding
- Enhanced pedestrian crossings
- Landscaped median areas and street trees
- Parallel bike routes off of Columbia Pike to the north and south of the corridor
Segments of Work
Work is underway on the following segments:
The following segments are in design:
The following projects/segments have been completed:
- Bike Boulevards
- Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike (Segment B - VDOT project)
- South Oakland Street to South Garfield Street (Segment E)
- Four Mile Run to South Wakefield Street (Segment G)
The County also is working to improve transit facilities along Columbia Pike. New transit stations will serve two purposes: accommodating riders on the busiest bus transit corridor in Northern Virginia, and serving the community’s vision of transforming the Pike into a more transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly “Main Street.”
New stations will make transit along the Pike easier, safer, more attractive and accessible – encouraging more people to use it. Construction of the stations is being coordinated with the Columbia Pike Multimodal project.
Columbia Pike improvements are moving forward in phases. As work begins on each section of the Pike, the first step is to underground utilities, followed by improvements to the streetscape, and then installation of new transit stations.
The following information is related to community outreach and public involvement for the overall Multimodal Street Improvements project.
Past Community Engagements
Summer 2019 Community Outreach
County staff attended community events to inform residents about current and upcoming construction for the Columbia Pike Multimodal and Transit Stations projects. Read our flyer that summarizes both projects in English or Spanish.
April 23, 2019 - Penrose Civic Association Meeting
March 26, 2012 - Walter Reed Community Center
Oct. 25, 2011 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
April 26, 2011 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
Nov. 30, 2010 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
Sept. 22, 2010 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
March 24, 2010 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
Dec. 14, 2009 - Columbia Pike Implementation Team Meeting
This $114 million project is funded with a combination of local commercial property taxes dedicated to transportation and regional transportation funds from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.