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New traffic lights, sidewalks coming to parts of Arlington

Sunday - 2/12/2012, 7:24am  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington County Board approved several construction projects Saturday, including new traffic signals and street lights. The board also approved a price hike for the Ballston Public Parking Garage.

The Arlington County Board awarding a $1 million dollar contract Saturday for upgrades on Columbia Pike between Route 7 and Washington Boulevard. New LED streetlights are set to go in starting next month, which are meant to make things safer.

The contract went to the Virginia-based company Electrifiers Inc.

The board also approved a $2.8 million contract for improvements along North Glebe Road between Fairfax Drive and Carlin Springs Road, and Fairfax Drive between North Wakefield Street and North Glebe Road.

The B&B Signal Company, LLC will construct the new lights and sidewalks along those stretches.

The Arlington County Board voting to raise rates a dollar or two and to cut weekend discounts starting in May at the Ballston Public Parking Garage. Some stores there have to agree, but you'll still be able to park for up to three hours for just $1, which board members say is cheaper than on the street.

WTOP's Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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