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April 20, 2015

Crews replacing and widening 74-year-old bridge through 2018


Work originally scheduled for Monday, April 27 to change the traffic pattern will begin Wednesday night, April 29. Crews will restripe the lanes and place barrels northbound to reduce the bridge area to two lanes, then place concrete barrier on Thursday night, April 30. The same work southbound is scheduled to take place the first week of May.


ARLINGTON—Beginning Monday, April 27, crews will reduce traffic from three lanes to two in each direction on Washington Boulevard (Route 27) over Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 110) in Arlington. For the duration of the project, the lane reduction will allow crews room to replace and widen the structurally deficient, 74-year-old bridge where work began last month.

Drivers are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible, particularly northbound during the a.m. rush hour, where drivers could experience a ten-minute delay. Motorists are also asked to be alert to Pentagon and Virginia State Police who will help facilitate traffic movement.

Message signs were installed last week to begin notifying commuters.          

Crews will maintain a minimum of two lanes in each direction on both Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Davis Highway during construction, other than temporary night closures to install bridge girders. Pedestrian traffic will be shifted to a temporary bridge in 2016.

Project background
The 1941 bridge will be replaced and widened to include a 14-foot shared-use path on the east side, and an 8-foot sidewalk on the west. The new superstructure will be elevated a foot and a half, increasing vertical clearance for westbound Route 110 to 16 feet 9 inches.

New aesthetics include wrought-iron picket fencing, LED road and pedestrian lighting, gateway pillars, and a recessed concrete pattern on the parapets. The crowning touch will be signature medallions on the bridge’s gateway pillars honoring the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

As of 2013, Route 27 carries 71,500 vehicles per day and Route 110 carries 61,500 vehicles per day.

The $31.5 million project is expected to be complete in May 2018. For more project details:

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