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Road Closures Near Pentagon on Sunday for Army Ten Miler

by ARLnow.com October 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm 2,749 11 Comments

A number of roads near the Pentagon will be closed for Sunday morning’s Army Ten Miler race. Here’s the news release from the Arlington County Police Department:

The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets near the Pentagon on Sunday, October 24, for the 26th Annual Army 10-Miler race.  The race begins at 8 a.m. on Washington Boulevard, crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia, and ends in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

The following roads in Arlington will be affected:

* Washington Boulevard (Route 27), between I-395 and Memorial Bridge, will be closed in both directions at 5:30 A.M.
* Columbia Pike, east of South Joyce Street, will be closed at 5:30 A.M.
* I-395 HOV southbound lanes will be closed at 5:30 A.M.
* South Eads Street, from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/northbound I-395 HOV lanes, will be closed at 4:30 A.M.

All of the roads should be reopened by noon.

In addition, access to the Pentagon Reservation will be restricted to “Authorized Vehicles Only” from 4:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. Pentagon employees must park at the North Parking Lots using the Boundary Channel Drive access points.

Runners, spectators and support personnel are encouraged to use Metro, parking is limited.  The Pentagon and Pentagon City stations on the Blue and Yellow Lines are located within walking distance of the start and finish lines.

  • Teyo

    Will the bike lane remain open along Washington Blvd?

  • MC

    Who pays for all these road closures when someone decides to have a run-athon at the Pentagon? We have the Marine Corps run the next week, and it seems there are countless other run, walk and bike events closing the streets and requiring police overtime.

    • Chuck

      The organizers.

      • MC

        I’ve done a very thorough web search of both the Arlington County government sites as well as the Army 10 Miler site and see no evidence that Arlington County is compensated for costs and salary overtime for police closing streets. Indeed, the more I looked into this, the less clear it was why this event takes place at all, other than to give running enthusiasts a chance to run. If there is a charity component with financial fund raising going to specific audited purposes, that information is not disclosed at all on the web.

        Sadly I think this sort of “it’s a tradition because it happened last year” is far too common. If this were cost free to everyone, no problem but the County is running in the hole by $25 million and I don’t see how this event is benefiting anyone. Sorry to challenge folks, but it’s simply lazy to assume everyone will love your pet hobby interest without bothering to explain how wider groups of people benefit.

  • Ray

    Exactly, MC. Personally, I’m fed up with living in Crystal City and Arlington area in general just because of all of the road closures. The cost of living here just isn’t worth all of the hassles anymore. It seems we have some run, walk, or bike-a-thon for every cause under the sun, and it seems ALWAYS centered on Arlington and the Pentagon, so the residents pay the price.

    • Glebe Roader

      Ray, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, dude.

      • RestonRunner86

        Typical NoVA response to anyone who doesn’t think everything here is “sunshine and puppies.” So glad I’m moving out-of-state soon.

        • Glebe Roader

          No one is making anyone live in Arlington (or Reston). The 10 miler and marathon have been going on for 25 – 35 years. When one lives in Crystal City, one needs to plan for them. Same thing if one lives in Reston and works in Tysons. There will be traffic.

    • PikeHoo

      If we could just get those deadbeat charity organizers and participants out of our County! They have been happily depreciating our roads with their rugged Stride Rites, buying food in our restaurants, and staying in our hotels for WAY too long! Closing roads? What is this place, Russia?

  • charlie

    this is what makes arlington great. not our uber controlling planning or over crowded excellent schools — but our great outdoor events celebrating good health and our military strength.

  • TAllen

    It’s just one of the prices you pay for choosing to live here, like the occasional protest at World Bank or IMF HQ. I’d rather live in a place that does have things going on than not, and most of these closings are done by noon. Races run early.

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