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Aug. 13, 2015

Southbound Washington Boulevard traffic shifts to median for bridge rehabilitation

ARLINGTON – Beginning 4 a.m. Friday, August 14, traffic on the two southbound lanes will be shifted over to the median for a few hundred feet on Washington Boulevard (Route 27) over Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 110), according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Motorists can expect to see the changes in their morning commute on Friday, August 14, with no delays anticipated. Message signs are installed to notify commuters.

Crews will remove and reconstruct the existing southbound section of the bridge. Northbound traffic will not be impacted. The shift is needed to allow the next phase of construction to proceed for the project to rehabilitate the Route 27 over Route 110 bridge. The anticipated duration of this shift is approximately one year. The $31.5 million project is scheduled for completion in May 2018.

A minimum of two lanes will be maintained 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. For more information, visit the project page.

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