Route 27/244 Interchange
|Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
Christiana Briganti-Dunn, P.E.
Design Build Manager
Paul Knighton, CCM
Shirlene Cleveland, P.E.
Program Manager for Design Build Projects
***** NOTICE *****
From 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, VDOT will be removing and replacing a sign panel on an overhead sign structure at the“Y” between southbound I-395 and westbound Route 27 (Washington Boulevard). Traffic on Route 27 may be stopped multiple times with each closure lasting approximately 10-20 minutes.
From 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 until 4:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, VDOT will be constructing a new overhead sign on eastbound Route 27 (Washington Boulevard) between the bridge and the Second Street South overpass. Traffic on Washington Boulevard may be stopped multiple times with each closure lasting approximately 10-20 minutes.
The work for both nights is weather dependent.
Click here to view an aerial map of the closures.
On the nights of Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10, and Sunday, July 12 through Thursday, July 16 (from 9 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. each night), VDOT will be performing milling and final paving on both Route 27 (Washington Boulevard) and Route 244 (Columbia Pike). Lanes along both Route 27 and Route 244 may shift multiple times each night to accommodate the paving operations.
The work for each night is weather dependent.
About the Project
This design-build project replaces the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington. The new bridge will be wider, longer and a great deal more attractive than today’s structure. A light well will separate westbound and eastbound lanes, and an acceleration/deceleration lane will be added westbound between ramps to assist weaving.
The new bridge will accommodate turn lanes, a raised median, a wider sidewalk and a 10-foot shared-use path on Columbia Pike. Clearance under the bridge will be increased to 16'-8” to accommodate a future area streetcar.
Several ramps will also be reconfigured to improve access, traffic flow and increase capacity.
The existing box culvert that conveys Long Branch through the center of the interchange will be replaced with a double-cell box culvert and extended to reduce erosion at the downstream end.
The design provides enhanced safety, mobility and aesthetics for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
A community working group of citizens, Arlington County and VDOT staff developed concepts for the bridge's architectural and aesthetic treatments, including:
• Decorative pylons in each corner
• Haunched steel fascia girders with a two-tone paint scheme to mimic the existing arch
• A relief pattern incorporated into the vertical outer surfaces of the bridge parapet to create shadows and visual interest.
• A concrete block pattern on retaining and abutment walls similar to Pentagon architecture
• Recessed, arched panels on the abutment walls
• Medallions with images reflecting the historical significance of the Freedmen’s Village, for which the bridge will be named
• Color and anti-graffiti application to concrete surfaces
During the project, drivers can expect single-lane closures daily on Washington Boulevard in both directions from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The existing single-span bridge was built in the 1940s by the War Department as part of the Pentagon Roadway Network. It is a thick, solid structure that suffers from deteriorating concrete, corrosion, and heavy chloride contamination. It has also withstood many years of increasing traffic loads.
The interchange did not operate adequately or accommodate all users, and also prohibited improvements to Columbia Pike. A 2008 traffic analysis considered spot improvements and corridor-wide improvements to the interchange to address concerns raised by the community working group. Concerns included maintaining S. Queen Street access, adding signals along Columbia Pike, separating Ramp E from the S. Queen Street intersection to the extent possible, and eliminating time-of-day lane use on eastbound Columbia Pike. While all concerns could not be addressed through design, VDOT’s intent was to determine how best to meet the safety, operation, and access issues raised by the Bridge Working Group, while also ensuring that the interchange configuration will function adequately during the peak hours without queues spilling back onto the mainline of Washington Boulevard. View a copy of the traffic analysis report.
The bridge was rated as “poor” in recent structural inspections, meaning that the superficial concrete is in poor condition, but is still sufficiently capable of carrying traffic without risk to the public. Note: Truck drivers are reminded that the bridge's posted weight was reduced to 26 tons (single truck or truck with trailer), based on the partial bridge demolition that was done in Nov. 2012.
Washington Boulevard carries more than 80,000 vehicles each day over Columbia Pike.
UPC: 13528 State Project: 0027-000-V01,P101,R201,C501,B601,B617,D602