Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
March 13, 2012
WESTBOUND ROUTE 50/ARLINGTON BOULEVARD CLOSED MARCH 24-25
Long-term closures at 10th Street, Route 50 and Fairfax Drive begin March 22
ARLINGTON— At the end of March, several major closures are in store as crews continue work on the Route 50 interchanges at Courthouse Road and 10th Street in Arlington.
Route 50 closure and detour March 24-25
Westbound Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) will be closed between Courthouse Road and 10th Street from 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25 as crews demolish the 10th Street bridge over westbound Route 50. Drivers are encouraged to avoid westbound Route 50 or use 10th Street to Washington Boulevard back to Route 50 as a detour. Signs will also be posted along Route 50 to encourage using I-66 and other alternate routes.
Long-term closures at 10th Street, Route 50 and Fairfax Drive
Beginning Thursday, March 22, several closures will be in place until work nears completion in fall 2013:
- The bridge from southbound 10th Street to eastbound Route 50 will be closed through late 2012/early 2013 as crews continue bridge construction. Drivers can use Washington Boulevard to North Pershing Drive back to Route 50 as a detour.
- The ramp from westbound Route 50 to North Fairfax Drive between Courthouse Road and 10th Street will close. Drivers should use 10th Street as a detour.
- Fairfax Drive between Scott Street and Courthouse Road will be closed (Scott, Taft and Troy Streets remain open; drivers can use North Scott Street to 13th Street North to access). Drivers will also not be able to make left turns from Courthouse Road to Fairfax Drive.
Electronic message boards will be in place to notify motorists of each of the planned closures.
About the project
Construction began last spring to improve safety and accessibility at the congested Courthouse Road and 10th Street interchanges on Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard). When the $39 million project is complete in the fall of 2013, motorists will have improved bridges, ramps, intersections, and better traffic flow through the interchanges with new dedicated acceleration/deceleration lanes. The project also features new sections of bicycle trail, lighting, and a custom-designed art component.
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