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Arlington County: Columbia Pike West End Project Update

(News Release: January 30, 2019)—

Fort Myer crews are continuing with the installation of new sanitary sewer mains. Since this work is occurring in the middle of Columbia Pike, there will be ongoing lane closures, and traffic congestion is expected. Please be safe and watch out for construction workers and pedestrians within this area.

The gas main work for this segment is complete. The new main is in place with all properties connected. Washington Gas crews abandoned the old in-street gas main last week.

Gas main work

All testing for the new water main and laterals has been completed. Fort Myers’ contractor, Amerigal, anticipates connecting the remaining laterals, which serve the properties on South Frederick Street, 55-Hundred and Wildwood, within the next two weeks, weather permitting. Upon completion of all service connections to the new water main, the old water main will be abandoned.

Water service disruptions for new water main

There will be water service disruptions as the remaining properties along this section of Columbia Pike are connected to the new water main. The water disruption at each affected property is expected to last 2 to 3 hours, but it could be longer if crews run into complications. The contractor will provide notice to affected properties 48 hours before the start of this work.

Although we strive to keep disruptions to minimum, during the last several weeks we experienced a number of issues that resulted in longer-than-expected water service disruptions. We want to thank you for your patience as we replace this aging infrastructure.

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