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West End of Arlington County’s Columbia Pike Begins Utility Undergrounding & Streetscape Improvements

Location: Columbia Pike from the Arlington/Fairfax County line to Four Mile Run (aka, the west end)

Status

Pre-construction work - Washington Gas

The gas main relocation is in its final stages with Northern Pipeline (NPL), Washington Gas’ contractor, completing connections of the new Columbia Pike gas main to the side street mains. Pressure testing of the gas main system will take place in March 2018.

Washington Gas will soon shift their focus to transferring property owner services from the old gas main to the new one. NPL will be in contact with affected property owners to coordinate the service changeovers.

Project construction starting in 2018

Fort Myer, the County’s contractor for this project, received its Notice to Proceed on Feb. 20. Crews are currently setting up work zone areas and staging equipment and materials for this project.

Fort Myer will begin construction on the undergrounding phase first, moving in a west (South Jefferson Street) to east (Four Mile Run Bridge) direction. Total project construction, including utility undergrounding and street improvements, is expected to last approximately three years.

What to expect during this work:

  • 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.
  • Equipment and materials will be staged at several locations along Columbia Pike. Access to adjacent properties will remain open, but there may be turn restrictions into and out of the properties.

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