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Route 110 to Close for Gates Retirement Ceremony

by ARLnow.com — June 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm 2,736 18 Comments

Route 110 will be closed near the Pentagon tomorrow morning due to an “Armed Forces Farewell Tribute” to retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

President Obama will be among the dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony, which is expected to get underway at the Pentagon around 9:45 a.m. A military spokesman was unable to release any other details about the event.

Route 110 will be closed tomorrow from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Northbound traffic will be diverted to I-395 and southbound traffic will be diverted to Washington Boulevard, according to Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Just fly the dude to the White House in a helicopter and be done with it.

    He’s just a citizen who is retiring. Not really worth shutting down a highway.

    • yequalsy

      I guess I don’t see it as a big deal. It’s after rush hour. There’s been plenty of warning. For the most part there are alternatives to 110. He’s had a long career as an very important public servant. Why not?

      • Burger

        9:30 is most definitely not the end of rush hour.

        • Ted williams

          +10

      • FrenchyB

        +1

  • BerryBerryCold

    Why were millions of dollars spent to move 110 if they’re still going to close it?

    • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

      excellent point.
      this new section of 110 is also dangerous (Arlington police injury) and I personally find it to be improperly built and it does not properly drain water after our sudden summer outbursts. Right, of course it was designed to standards. This road was designed, built and done quicker than most roads can get new stripes approved.

  • PikerShorts

    Are they firing the cannons?

  • CarsSuck

    what a bunch of cry babies. Can I get you some cheese to go with that wine?

  • John Andre

    Is it REALLY necessary to further disrupt areawide traffic for the Defense Secretary’s retirement??? This is obviously something the Pentagon could handle better!

    • Arlwhenever

      This isn’t about Gates or the Pentagon. It’s about a photo op for Obama on the Potomac face of his War Headquarters.

      • Josh S

        oy

  • Mr. Brown

    It’s not for fun. It’s for the protection of the Pentagon employees. In case you forgot, there are still a few terrorists trying to kill us since we’re at war. Sorry if we bothered your commute for one day, but we didn’t want a truck bomb to go whizing by while 10,000 of us stand outside to send off our boss.

    • CrystalMikey

      Well said Mr. Brown!

    • BerryBerryCold

      Not to point out the obvious – but 110 was moved and is very far now.

      Washington Blvd is much much closer. There is obviously another reason, as distance from 110 should not be a factor.

  • Henry Spencer

    Couldn’t they have just taken him out for happy hour like in a normal office?

  • SMH

    UMMM… traffic is being diverted so that the Commander and Chief can arrive and depart safely you idiots!!!

    • Josh S

      in

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