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The sidewalk undertaking deliberate for Columbia Pike would come with a crosswalk at this intersection.

A 6-foot-wide sidewalk deliberate for Columbia Pike in central Annandale is geared toward enhancing pedestrian security.

Venture supervisor Latesa Turner, of the Fairfax County Division of Transportation, described the undertaking at a digital group assembly on Jan. 23.  

The brand new sidewalk would fill within the gaps the place there’s no secure path to stroll on the south facet of Columbia Pike between Backlick Street and Tom Davis Drive.

There’s a slim sidewalk in poor situation in some areas and no sidewalk in any respect alongside components of that highway. A 6 to 8-foot panorama panel can be added between the highway and the sidewalk.

The undertaking additionally features a new crosswalk on Columbia Pike at Tom Davis Drive. The crosswalk will embody high-visibility markings, upgraded ADA-compliant curb ramps, and a realignment of Tom Davis Drive on the intersection.

Two driveways can be eliminated on Columbia Pike – one in entrance of Jiffy Lube and one subsequent to Hanmi Submit.

Columbia Pike “is chaotic for automobiles and pedestrians,” stated Mason Supervisor Penny Gross. “There are too many curb cuts. Eliminating two of them shouldn’t have an effect on entry to companies.”

The tip outcome might be a extra enticing and safer hall that meets the objectives of the Annandale revitalization plan, Gross stated.

The undertaking will affect six properties, for which Fairfax County might want to attain rights-of-way. Non permanent grading easements might be wanted for 4 of the parcels.

The undertaking may additionally require the relocation of present overhead and underground utilities operated by Dominion Vitality, Washington Fuel, Fairfax Water, and Verizon.

A few of the companies alongside Columbia Pike that might be affected by the sidewalk undertaking embody Jiffy Lube, the To Sok Jip restaurant, JJ Hair Salon, Hanmi Submit, Thai Sushi Eats, and Gloria Beauttie Whole Vogue.

The undertaking design consists of the removing of present pavement, re-grading the world between the brand new sidewalk and constructing frontage to deal with drainage, and connecting constructing entrances to the brand new sidewalk.

The sidewalk undertaking doesn’t embody streetscape enhancements alongside that stretch of Columbia Pike. That might be achieved sooner or later if possible and if funds can be found, Turner stated.

The undertaking design is predicted to be 90 p.c accomplished in early 2024 and 100% accomplished in summer time 2025. Land acquisition will happen from spring 2024 to spring 2025. The development bid might be awarded in early 2026. Development might be carried out in 2026-27.

A sidewalk on that part of the hall was really useful within the Columbia Pike Pedestrian and Bicycle Research, printed in 2018.

Members of the general public can submit feedback on-line or by way of e mail to  [email protected]. The deadline for feedback is Feb. 10.

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