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Proposed Pike Improvements To Be Presented

Work is underway to design improvements to the streetscape of Columbia Pike. On Monday, March 26, county staff and consultants will present their partially-completed design to the community.

The Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements project has the goal of transforming the 3.5 mile Pike corridor, running from Fairfax County to S. Joyce Street, into a “complete street — a street designed to be more livable and safer by accommodating all users.”

The design seeks to not only make the Pike more accessible to pedestrians, but to get it ready to “support future high-quality, high-frequency transit service” — which may include enhanced bus service or the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar.

The current design, which is 50 percent complete, will be presented from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 26, at the Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street S.). All interested community members are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Among the changes proposed in the initial designs:

  • New left-turn lanes for better traffic flow
  • New planted medians
  • Sidewalk greenery and landscaping
  • Improved bus stops
  • Undergrounding of overhead utilities
  • Wider sidewalks
  • New crosswalks
  • Eight additional traffic signals
  • Bike accommodations and facilities

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