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Oct. 17, 2012

State and local officials cut ribbon on bridge replacement, improvements

Glebe Road ribbon-cutting

ARLINGTON―Virginia Department of Transportation, state and Arlington County officials cut the ribbon today to mark the completion of a $6 million bridge replacement project and related improvements along this important north-south corridor.

The entire Glebe Road bridge deck, about 100 feet long, was replaced with pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete panels. The new span is 27 feet wider than the old bridge.

Arlington County drivers, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy additional improvements as part of the project that include:

• A northbound left-turn lane to Route 50, expected to improve reliability of transit operations at this location
• A 17-foot shared-use path on one side and 11-foot sidewalk on the other
• Improved sight distance for right turns from Route 50 to Glebe Road
• New signals
• Decorative wrought-iron picket fencing, brick medians, gateway pillars and LED lighting

“Getting this project to construction and improving safety at this location has been a top priority for VDOT,” said Garrett Moore, P.E., VDOT’s district administrator for northern Virginia. “We are pleased to deliver a safer, more attractive bridge that will attract more pedestrians and cyclists.”

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes said: “This project is a good example of the kind of highway investment most needed in Virginia today:  Small dollars with high return; re-investment in existing infrastructure in established communities; spot improvements connecting activity centers, with multi-modal benefits.”

Glebe Road carries about 35,000 vehicles over Arlington Boulevard each day, including about 300 transit bus trips per day, on routes carrying more than 8,500 riders per weekday.

Ft. Myer Construction Corporation was the contractor for the project. See more details on VDOT's project page.

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