The Streetlight Project contains different types of projects that are intended to implement operational improvements as well as build new infrastructure where there are existing gaps. Many of the streetlight initiatives are based on the goals outlined in the Streetlight Management Plan (SMP). This page will provide updates on some of the streetlight projects in the County.
The County initiated several projects with the goals of improving reliability, maintenance response times, and installing newer technologies. These initiatives are capital projects involving construction and equipment installation.
Lighting Technology Upgrades for County-owned Lights
Arlington County started converting its streetlights to LEDs through this program in 2010. The conversion of existing streetlight luminaires to LED technology enhances service reliability and saves operational costs. LED bulbs last up to five times longer than traditional bulbs and consume less than half of the electricity. Additionally, due to the lower failure rate of LEDs, significant operational savings are achieved.
Since the conversion program started, approximately 85% of the County streetlight inventory has been converted. Most of the major activity centers and major corridors are completed. This project will now focus on the remainder of the locations. The list below shows an approximate schedule for tasks anticipated to be completed in the next two months. The target goal for this project is to complete the LED upgrades for County lights by 2022. This goal may be adjusted if funding levels fluctuate.
Table 1 – Near-term LED Upgrade Projects (Updated May 2020)
|1||Penrose: 6th St between Walter Reed Dr and Courthouse Rd||In Construction
|2||Alcova Heights: 6th St S, 7th St S, and 8th St S between S Glebe Rd & S George Mason Dr
|Claremont: S Dinwiddie St between S Walter Reed Dr & S Chesterfield Rd||In Construction|
Lighting Technology Upgrades for Dominion-owned Lights
The same potential environmental benefits and reliability improvements from LED technology apply to the large inventory of Dominion Energy (DE) owned streetlights. The County is working with DE to convert their (approximately 11,000) lights to LED technology. These conversions for DE streetlights are occurring in two ways:
(1) DE will reactively upgrade any failed non-LED light to LED as a part of its maintenance effort.
(2) The County will initiate corridor or block-based project for LED conversion. Typically, these projects will involve 50-100 lights.
The DE LED conversions are expected to take at least 5 years pending budget approval.
Ownership Clean-up Projects
The current mixture of streetlights owned by either Dominion Energy (DE) or the County within the same area creates major challenges for troubleshooting and repair. This ownership clean-up project will involve removing existing DE streetlights from the County districts (areas where only County lights will exist moving forward). By clearly delineating the ownership areas, the County and DE will benefit from more streamlined troubleshooting and maintenance.
The tasks in this project vary in the level of complexity and cost. Tasks are selected based on the immediate operational urgency and complexity to complete. The list below summarizes a list of active tasks. This project is ongoing and expected to be constantly evolving.
Table 2 – Ownership Clean-up Projects (Updated May 2020)
|Removal of existing Dominion Cobra streetlight and installation of (2) 16’ Carlyle poles with 4000K fixture.||Pierce St between 16th Road N and 16th street N||In Construction|
|Removal of existing Dominion pole and luminaire and installation of (1) 16’ dual Carlyle poles with 4000K fixture.||Clarendon street between N Queen and N Pierce||In Construction
|Removal of existing dominion cobra luminaire and installation of (1) 16’ Carlyle poles with 4000K fixture.||Queen Street between 16th street N and N Fairfax Drive.||Completed
Capital Improvement Projects
Capital projects are generally long-term construction projects that require survey, design, and major construction efforts to complete. These projects are typically initiated through the County’s CIP process. The projects below are currently in various stages of design and construction.
Arlington Blvd/Washington Blvd Interchange:
The Arlington Blvd Street Lighting Improvement Project will install new lighting along approximately one mile of Arlington Blvd (Route 50) from North Pershing Dr to North Filmore St and on Washington Boulevard from North Wayne St to approximately S Walter Reed Dr.
This project was initiated due to the high collision volumes in the interchange area and the lack of lighting. The goal of the project is to add a new lighting system in this area that will improve safety for all roadway users (pedestrians, cyclists and drivers). The project consists of approximately 56 new Dominion streetlights.
|Schedule||Construction in 2021|
Route 1 Lighting Improvements
The Route 1 Street Lighting Improvement Project spans approximately 0.5 miles along Route 1 (Richmond Highway), from 33rd St to South Glebe Road and along Crystal Drive from 33rd Street South to 35th Street South.
The project will replace the existing lighting facilities, which were installed several years ago and will upgrade the illumination to current standards. The goal of the project is to beautify and improve safety for all roadway users (pedestrians, cyclists and drivers) in these high-volume areas.
|Estimated Construction Cost||$500,000|
|Estimated Schedule||Construction in late 2020|
Washington Blvd/Highland St
The Washington Boulevard Street Lighting Improvement Project Washington Boulevard from Clarendon Boulevard to North Highland Street and North Highland Street from Washington Boulevard to Clarendon Boulevard.
The project will replace the existing Dominion lighting in the Clarendon area. The adjacent areas surrounding the project have predominantly County-owned streetlights; replacing the older Dominion infrastructure with County lights will simplify and improve maintenance.
|Estimated Construction Cost||$200,000|
|Estimated Schedule||Construction in late 2020|