VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Michelle Holland 703-586-0487


March 19, 2020

W&OD Trail Detour at Lee Highway in Arlington Changing Friday, March 20
Portion of trail to shift onto temporary pavement as construction of new bridge progresses toward fall 2020 opening

FAIRFAX – The Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail detour at Lee Highway (Route 29) in Arlington will change on or about Friday, March 20, 2020, as construction of a new trail bridge over Lee Highway progresses. The new trail bridge is scheduled to open in fall 2020.

The current detour west of Lee Highway, which uses nearby streets, has been in place since construction began in April 2019. Trail users will now travel on approximately 200 feet of temporary pavement adjacent to the new bridge and original trail alignment. This new configuration will remain in place until completion of construction, with the occasional need to revert to the previous detour during certain construction activities.

Since construction of the new trail bridge began in April 2019, new bridge abutments have been built, and bridge beams have been installed. Crews currently are working on the bridge deck by installing steel and preparing for upcoming concrete deck pours that are anticipated to be complete in late April.

View of bridge progress looking west from Fairfax Drive.

The bridge deck is being prepared for upcoming concrete pours.

W&OD Trail bridge construction is part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project, which is adding a travel lane along four miles of eastbound I-66 and installing approximately 12,000 linear feet of new and replacement noise barriers. The project also includes constructing a new direct access ramp from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro Station at the Route 7 Interchange, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.

The additional eastbound lane is scheduled to open to traffic in fall 2020, and the overall project is expected to be complete in fall 2021. Sign up for project updates and lane closure alerts at Transform66.org.

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