- Arlington County Board approves nearly $1 million in contracts
- New mains to support future growth, provide redundancy
- Glencarlyn to get rain garden, native plants, better play elements
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved two infrastructure improvement contracts: one to install new water mains along Old Dominion Drive and another to improve Glencarlyn Park.
“These projects will benefit Arlingtonians for decades to come,” Said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The new water mains will help us meet the demands of our growing population, and upgrades to Glencarlyn Park will make it an even better place for generations of Arlingtonians to play.”
New mains to provide redundancy
The Board voted 5-to-0 to approve a $515,232 contract with DHC Corporation for the Old Dominion Drive water main construction project. The project includes installing an 8-inch water main between North Upton Street to Lorcom Lane and a 12-inch main between Lorcom Lane to North Thomas Street.
The new mains will complete looping by connecting dead-end mains, which increases the reliability of the water distribution system in the area and ensures the back-up of water during critical repairs.
This project is part of the Water Distribution Program included in the FY 2015–FY 2024 Capital Improvements Plan.
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015. County staff will work to minimize the impact on traffic and water services, though some disruptions should be expected. We will notify residents before the work starts.
More fun, native plantings at Glencarlyn Park
The Board voted 5-to-0 to award a $435,523 contract to Avon Corporation for the installation of a rain garden; plaza space; paved bicycle path with signage; water bottle filler; sand play area; bike repair station and new site furnishings for Glencarlyn Park. The park is located at 4955 Columbia Pike, where the Pike intersects the W&OD Trail.
Children will enjoy the planned concrete play tube and stepping stones within the plaza area, as well as the paved loop path that will provide a place to learn to ride or skate, separated from the heavily-used W&OD Trail.
The rain garden will feature native plants, including native trees that will replace the invasive trees removed during construction, and native shrubs, grasses and groundcovers.
Through the Neighborhood Conservation Program, the Barcroft Civic Association requested a Parks improvement project within Glencarlyn Park at the intersection with Columbia Pike. Parks staff worked with the community to design a plaza and bicycle learning loop to add much-needed bicycle space for young and beginning cyclists within Arlington. Staff coordinated the park project with planned streetscape improvements.
Construction will start in the first quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed in third-quarter 2015.
For more information, visit the County website. Scroll down to Items No. 15 and 16 on the Agenda for the November 15 Regular County Board Meeting.