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Army Navy Tunnel under 395
  • Stillwell87 May 2, 2013 - 9:57 pm #72032 Reply

    Hello, so I recently moved from another area in Arlington to around the Glebe road exit of 395.  After biking up Army Navy Drive, I noticed what looks like an abandoned tunnel under 395.  There is a sign above the tunnel that reads something along the lines of “Beware Proceed at Your Own Risk”.  There doesn’t appear to be an exit on the other side of the highway, and I was just curious if anyone knew what this tunnel was?  I would explore, but I am not too keen on the possibility of being attacked by someone living in there….

    DB May 3, 2013 - 11:30 am #72083 Reply

    It is an old pedestrian tunnel that ran from Dolley Madison towers to Army Navy.  Been abandoned and closed for years.

    Dezlboy May 5, 2013 - 8:19 pm #72169 Reply

    Odd that the tunnel isn’t closed off at both ends. Just seems like a creepy place for creepy people to do creepy things.

    newty25 May 6, 2013 - 9:49 am #72176 Reply

    Must have been closed for many, many years. I lived at the DMT about 10 years ago and I never saw or heard of it.

    nom de guerre May 6, 2013 - 12:18 pm #72210 Reply

    I lived at the DMT about 10 years ago and I never saw or heard of it.

    Is the DMT next to the 395?

    1234 May 6, 2013 - 1:53 pm #72235 Reply



    Re: the tunnel under I-395, not much of a story but here’s what I recall. The now-closed Dolley Madison tunnel dates from the 1960s or 1970s, before my time and perhaps even before Shirley Highway (formerly state route 350) became 10-lanes-wide. Like a lot of early and often now-closed tunnels such as another one under I-395 at Boundary Channel Drive and one under Old Dominion Drive at Stratford School (HB Woodlawn) it had the configuration of a box culvert — long, dark and dank — and attracted undesirable activity. Despite its condition it did get some use, especially between the Dolley Madison Apartments at the end of 24th Road South and the Metrobus stops along Army-Navy Drive. Trying to keep it halfway decent became a constant maintenance headache for Arlington so when the company that owned the apartments (Dittmar) requested permission to close it, and agreed to construct an asphalt walk along 24th Road to connect to the bus stops along Glebe Road, Arlington agreed to it. I believe that was sometime in the 1990s.

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