For five years, VIKA was the Civil Engineer-of-Record for Arlington County’s Dry Utility Engineering Services Contract, an as-needed, on-call contract for the planning, design, construction, and relocations of the County’s dry utility systems.

Projects under this task-order contract included:

1) Arlington Mill Community Center

2) Columbia Pike Dry Utility Relocation Project from South Jefferson Street to South Frederick Street (Phase I)

3) Columbia Pike Dry Utility Relocation Project from South Frederick Street to South Arlington Mill Drive (Phase II)

4) Cherrydale Dry Utility Undergrounding

5) Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway Station.

Columbia Pike, South Frederick Street to South Jefferson Street Undergrounding

VIKA provided civil engineering and dry utility engineering services to Arlington County associated with roadway improvements and project cross-sections consisting of five vehicular lanes, bicycle lanes in each direction, wider sidewalks, and enhanced pedestrian crossings. The project is also anticipating the future installations of the street rail system in the other lanes on Columbia Pike, from South Frederick Street to South Jefferson Street.

Arlington County wanted to underground the overhead cables and remove the utility poles, which carry Dominion Virginia Power, Verizon, Comcast, and Arlington County traffic signal cables. This 1,800-foot project included the conversion, relocation of overhead and underground dry utilities (Verizon, Comcast, Dominion Energy, and Washington Gas), including primary and secondary service electrical facilities for main-line and individual services, prior specified telecommunication facilities and gas main-line, and individual services in conflict with the proposed roadway improvements. VIKA prepared construction documents to include approved, signed and sealed construction plans and technical specifications.

Tasks include:

  • Identifying all overhead facilities within the project limit
  • Identifying conflicts and proposing mitigations
  • Providing conceptual designs and schematic routing
  • Providing final plans
  • Preparing construction documents and technical specifications
  • Providing bid assistance and construction administration
  • Conducting subsurface utility investigation, location and mapping services.

As part of the contract, the VIKA Project Team has identified approximately $4.3 million in savings to date through our audits, design and utility company challenges.