Arlington to control Columbia Pike
"By owning the road, Arlington will be able to speed up the pike's transformation from suburban highway to main street," said Jay Fisette, county board chairman, in a statement. "This is a big step forward in our efforts to make the pike more accessible, pedestrian and transit-friendly."
Since 2002, county officials have been working to redevelop the Columbia Pike corridor, including plans for a street car line. Once the pike transfer is completed, the county will no longer have to go through long state approval and permitting processes to complete projects, officials said.
The county will take over the stretch from the county line with Fairfax to Joyce Street and about $660,000 worth of operations and maintenance from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The state will still have control over the Glebe Road and Washington Boulevard intersections.
The Arlington County Board will discuss a memorandum of understanding with state officials at its Sept. 25 meeting. The transfer could take effect as early as October, county officials said.
-- Christy Goodman
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