Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Projects

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Capital Improvements Program (CIP)


The five-year CIP identifies capital infrastructure needs of the community and indicates how these needs will be funded over the five-year period. In general, only projects that cost more than $150,000 and have a useful life in excess of 5 to 10 years qualify for funding in the CIP. (Two examples of average cost: $500,000 to $4 million for roads and curb and gutter; $8 million to $15 million for facility renovations.) The CIP is updated annually and is subject to change with each update.

CIP Projects Versus Maintenance Projects


CIP projects (see examples below) generally require significant engineering design and construction, whereas maintenance projects (like road paving, crosswalk painting, sidewalk section replacement, and landscaping) require routine upkeep every one to five years.

What is Capital Infrastructure?


This term refers to the built environment that makes the City of Falls Church safe, healthy, engaging, and beautiful and helps fulfill the City Council's vision of "A Special Place." Projects can be mandatory, like police emergency radios, but others build a quality community.
Some construction project examples include:
  • roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, bus shelters, traffic signals
  • stormwater water detention and pipes, sewer system, restoring flooding stream banks
  • tennis and basketball courts, park trails, park play equipment
  • HVAC, roofs, WiFi and fiber connectivity, renovation and expansion for public buildings (schools, City Hall, community center, library, police station, courts)
  • police emergency radio and 911 equipment
What are the Benefits?
  • ADA accessibility
  • Community building and quality of life
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Public safety
  • Reducing road congestion
  1. CIP Project Videos

    View videos related to the Capital Improvements Program.

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  2. Facilities Projects

    CIP projects for public buildings including government and schools.

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  3. Information Technology Projects

    CIP projects for IT critical continuity and modernization.

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  4. Public Safety Projects

    Learn about the Capital Improvements Program projects with a Public Safety focus.

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  5. Recreation & Parks Projects

    Acquisition of open space, Berman Park Trail pavement, master park improvements, tennis and basketball court restoration, and West End Park.

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  6. Stormwater Projects

    Coe Branch Daylighting, Cherry Street Drainage Improvements, Great Falls & Little Falls Water Detention Project, Pearson Branch Stream Restoration, and W. Westmoreland Drainage Improvements.

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  7. Transportation Projects

    CIP projects for transportation, including bus stops, pedestrian safety, ADA compliance at intersections, traffic signals, and more.

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