The Arlington County Board today approved contracts for transportation projects that will improve a busy intersection at Lee Highway and N. Glebe Road and the area around the heavily used Ballston-MU Metro Station.
“As Arlington grows, it is essential that the County continue to improve our transportation infrastructure,” County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. “The contracts the Board approved today will bring significant improvements to two heavily traveled areas: Lee Highway at N. Glebe Road, and the Ballston-MU Metro Station. Both projects reflect the County’s commitment to ensuring that our streets are safe and efficient for all to use.”
Upgrading Ballston-MU Metro Station area
The Board voted unanimously to approve a $5.45 million contract, including $909,080 (20 percent) contingency, with Ardent Company, LLC for major improvements to the bus stop and seating areas along North Fairfax Drive and North Stuart Street. The project will expand pedestrian circulation spaces, and add real-time information displays to nine bus stops in the area. Antiquated streetlights will be upgraded, landscaping added and the existing bus driveway on Fairfax Drive will be replaced with four new saw-tooth bus bays. The North Stuart Street sidewalk will be made more accessible to persons with disabilities.
The project, included in the County’s Capital Improvement Plan, will be funded with a combination of federal, state and local funds. It is expected to begin in early spring 2020 and last for 18 months. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 20 on the agenda for the Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.
Improving the Lee Highway-N. Glebe Road intersection
In a separate action, the Board voted unanimously to approve a $3.88 million contract with Rustler Construction, Inc., to improve multi-modal transportation operations through the busy Lee Highway-North Glebe Road intersection. The improvements are expected to reduce cut-through traffic along adjacent residential neighborhood streets.
The project will widen North Glebe Road to add northbound and southbound full-width left turn lanes at the Lee Highway intersection and upgrade the existing traffic signal. Bus stops will be upgraded; curb and gutter; sidewalks and streetscape; storm sewers; streetlights; water mains; pavement, and pavement markings will be added.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020 and last for two years.
To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to agenda Item No. 19 on the agenda for the Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.