Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements

Location

Columbia Pike, from the Arlington/Fairfax County line on the west end to South Joyce Street on the east end, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Status

Construction

Construction starting in fall 2021 near Arlington National Cemetery

Construction for the next segment of the Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements project – Segment A, next to Arlington National Cemetery – will begin in fall 2021, with completion expected in 2025.

This work is being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of roadway changes needed to achieve the vision of Arlington National Cemetery’s southern expansion.

The project will realign Columbia Pike from east of South Oak Street to Washington Boulevard, modify the South Joyce Street intersection and the Columbia Pike/Washington Boulevard (Route 27) interchange, and remove a segment of Southgate Road and construct a new South Nash Street.

It also will include a new multi-use trail next to the cemetery, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and a new tunnel between the cemetery and its new maintenance compound.

What to expect during construction

  • There will be traffic disruptions and lane closures on this section of Columbia Pike and on South Joyce Street between Army Navy Drive and Columbia Pike throughout the duration of the project
  • During phases of work, this section of Columbia Pike will be closed, with traffic detoured via Nash Street to Southgate Road
  • Sidewalk closures – Signs will direct pedestrians around the closures
  • Bus stop relocations

Visit FHWA’s project page


Project Update – July 2021

To date, the County has rebuilt five segments of Columbia Pike, with the most recent transformation taking place between South Jefferson Street and Four Mile Run. Going forward, there will be construction on four remaining segments of Columbia Pike:

  • Segment A: South Orme Street to South Joyce Street
  • Segment C: South Queen Street to South Courthouse Road
  • Segment D: South Courthouse Road to South Garfield Street
  • Segment F: South Oakland Street to South Wakefield Street

Construction on Segment A, next to Arlington National Cemetery, will begin in fall 2021 as part of a federal project, while the County plans to start its work on segments A and F in spring 2022. Additional details about this construction will be shared in the coming months.

  • This presentation provides an overview of the project and the anticipated construction schedule, along with renderings of future improvements. 

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.

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

 

Construction of Columbia Pike improvements is proceeding in phases. 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)

 

Transit Stations

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.

DES Columbia Pike Step Combined Process Image
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.

Public Process

The following information is related to community outreach and public involvement for the overall Multimodal Street Improvements project.

Summer 2019 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

Community meetings and briefings

 

Date Location Meeting Materials
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

Funding

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.