(Note: this press release was corrected on 07/16/2015), adding the correct amount for the contract in the first bullet and the correct staff report)
Update: On March 14, 2015, the County board approved the award of a new contract for this project. To view the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #15 on the Agenda for the Regular County Board Meeting
- Arlington County Board approves contracts totaling nearly $7.3 million
- Local bond funding leverages VDOT and local Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding to improve safety along Old Dominion Dr.
- Gunston Community Center to get outdoor renovations
The County Board today approved two infrastructure improvement contracts: one to continue making major safety improvements along Old Dominion Drive, and a second to renovate outdoor facilities at the Gunston Community Center.
“These two projects are prudent, timely investments in maintaining and upgrading our existing infrastructure,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes.
Old Dominion Drive Improvements
The Board voted unanimously as part of the consent agenda to approve anearly $7.3 million contract awarded to A&M Concrete Corporation for the construction of the Old Dominion Drive transportation multi-modal project along Old Dominion Drive from 38th Street N. to west of North Glebe Road. This is the second and final phase of a project designed to improve safety along more than a mile of Old Dominion Drive.
Phase I of this project, approved by the County Board in 2009, brought much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements to the stretch of Old Dominion Drive between 22nd and 26th Streets North.
In Phase II, sidewalks will be built on both sides of the heavily travelled roadway and improve accessibility and safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Old Dominion Drive is one of the last arterials located within a County neighborhood without sidewalks on either side. The project also will upgrade:
- Curbs and gutters
- Traffic and pedestrian signals
- Street lights
- Bus stops, and
- Storm water facilities
$2.34 Million in VDOT Funding
The total contract cost for the project, including contingency, is $7.3 million. Of that, $2.34 million is being provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The rest of the funding will come from voter-approved bonds and State HB2313 transportation funding. The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2016.
To read the staff report on this project, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #18 on the Regular Agenda for the January 24, 2015 Board Meeting.
Gunston Community Center Outdoor Renovations
The Board voted unanimously as part of the consent agenda to award a $596,349 contract to Avon Corporation to renovate Gunston Community Center’s parking lot, outdoor basketball court and lighting. A bio-retention facility will be installed to manage storm water runoff. Old lights will be replaced with “dark sky” technology, to save energy and reduce light pollution. Dark sky light fixtures focus downward and illuminate only the areas that need light. Funding for the renovation comes from Park Maintenance Capital Program.
The center’s parking lot and court will be closed beginning in March and will reopen in the summer 2015. The County will coordinate the construction schedule with those involved in an effort to minimize the impact on parking. Center and field patrons will park in Gunston Middle School’s lot. Primary access to the Community Center will be diverted to the side entrance, where a temporary ramp will facilitate access.
To read the staff report on this project, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #18 on the Regular Agenda for the January 24, 2015, Board Meeting.