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Columbia Pike Transfer Approved by State Board

by ARLnow.com September 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm 1,876 6 Comments

The Commonwealth Transportation Board passed a resolution this afternoon that will allow the transfer of Columbia Pike to move forward.

The transfer of the Pike from state to county control could take place as soon as October 1, but first VDOT Commissioner Gregory A. Whirley must execute a “Memorandum of Agreement” with the county. After the county re-ratifies the agreement at its Sept. 25 board meeting, and once Whirley executes the agreement — no earlier than October 1 — the handover will take effect.

The transfer is expected to help the county speed up redevelopment of the Columbia Pike corridor, which includes construction of a Columbia Pike streetcar line.

Update on 9/16/10 — VDOT is retaining the portion of Columbia Pike around Washington Boulevard until the new Washington Boulevard bridge is built.

  • MC

    While I support efforts to develop Columbia Pike and bring a tram line, I am concerned about a recurring half million dollar annual spending obligation the County is assuming by taking over maintenance from the State.

    Given the animosity the County Board has created with the State DOT over 395, seems the State is handing over responsibility for Columbia Pike maintenance simply to save money. I’d rather see state gas taxes pay for this maintenance, rather than County funds

  • charlie

    i hope that the VDOT Commissioner and Secretary of Transportation say “here… oh wait, drop the lawsuit before you can have it.” oh i can dream, can’t i?

  • Neighbor

    Baby steps, but positive nevertheless.

  • Chris Zimmie

    I’m going to put my train set there one way or another. Choo-choo… I like trains. Weee….

  • Jack

    go trolley go!! it’ll be great for the Pike.

  • Judy Garland

    Clang clang clang went the trolley

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