Columbia Pike: County Line to Four Mile Run


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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DES Columbia Pike Multimodal Jefferson St before after

Construction Update – Jan 18, 2022

Utility undergrounding

After dealing with material delays due to supply chain and shipping, Verizon is changing their method of service delivery from copper to fiber. Fiber is a service upgrade for customers and has enabled Verizon to begin removal of their overhead lines. Dominion Energy crews have completed removal of their overhead lines, with exception of one property. Comcast’s contractor has completed removal of their overhead wires. When all three companies have removed their overhead wires, the utility poles along the roadway will be removed.

  • One eastbound and/or westbound right lane on Columbia Pike may be closed between the County line and the Four Mile Run Bridge during work hours to facilitate utility relocations and other miscellaneous work.

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. Crews may be on site for the next week as they complete punch list items and clean up the site.

Final installation of the sculpture is anticipated in the spring 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.

Streetscape improvements will include the following enhancements and amenities:

  • Wider sidewalks
  • New street lights
  • 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.

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