Columbia Pike: Segment F (S Wakefield St to S Oakland St)

Status

Construction

Construction on Segment F began in August 2022.

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Construction Update - August 2022

There is a new traffic patterns on Columbia Pike between South Wakefield Street and South George Mason Drive as part of the Columbia Pike Multimodal Project. These changes are expected to cause additional delays for people traveling through the area. This phase of construction is anticipated to last until spring 2023.

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Construction Impacts

  • Reduced speed limit: The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph.
  • Fewer lanes: Between Wakefield Street and George Mason Drive, Columbia Pike will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Turn restrictions from Columbia Pike:
    • Wakefield Street: Left turns from Columbia Pike to Wakefield St. are not permitted.
    • Thomas Street: All turns from Columbia Pike to S. Thomas St. are not permitted.
    • The Whitmore: Left turns from Columbia Pike to the Whitmore are not permitted.
    • Driveways within the project area will be restricted to right in/right out.
    • Detours for local access to S. Wakefield St., S. Thomas St. and The Whitmore will be marked.
  • Bus stop relocations: The stop at Columbia Pike eastbound & S. Thomas St. will be closed effective Sunday, August 14:
    • EB at Thomas Street –This stop will be closed. Passengers should use stops at S. George Mason Dr. and at S. Wakefield St. 
  • Sidewalk closure: The southern sidewalk between S. Thomas Street and S Wakefield will be closed. People walking and rolling should cross at S. Thomas Street or S. Wakefield Street and use the northern sidewalk.

Crews will work Monday – Friday, from 7:00am to 9:00pm, except for federal holidays. Work will also occur on Saturdays, from 10am to 6:00pm. Residents should expect inconveniences such as: dust, mud, noise, debris, and temporary traffic and parking restrictions. In locations where parking will be prohibited during work, no parking signs will be posted by at least 48 hours in advance.

These roadway changes, while inconvenient, are essential for the contractors to construct a safer and more accessible Columbia Pike in an efficient and safe manner while maintaining access to residences and businesses along the corridor.

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.

Streetscape improvements will include:

  • Wider sidewalks
  • New street lights
  • Upgraded traffic signals
  • Street trees