Glebe Road Bridge Replacement to Begin This Summer

by ARLnow.com May 20, 2011 at 10:24 am 2,658 5 Comments

VDOT will be holding a meeting two weeks from now to tell residents about their $6 million plan to replace the crumbling Glebe Road Bridge over Route 50.

The agency says construction on the new bridge will begin this summer and will wrap up in fall 2012 — a bit later than originally anticipated. The entire 100-foot-long bridge deck will be replaced with pre-cast concrete panels, and will be 27 feet wider than the existing bridge. The extra width will be used to install a 10-foot wide sidewalk, a 17-foot wide shared-use path and a new northbound turn lane. There will also be new traffic signals, “decorative wrought-iron picket fencing” and LED lighting.

On Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m., VDOT will hold a ‘pardon our dust’ meeting for community members at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road).

The agency says traffic impacts for Glebe Road drivers should be minimal, with virtually no impacts during the day and lane closures at night. There will, however, be “intermittent detours” on Route 50 beginning in August. Traffic will be diverted to George Mason Drive and Washington Boulevard during the detours, which will be announced in advanced.

The Glebe Road bridge over Route 50 carries about 35,000 vehicles a day, according to VDOT. There have been several reported incidents of concrete chunks falling from the bridge over the past two years.

  • Thes

    So Route 50 traffic relating to Courthouse Road and Glebe Road will both be diverted to Washington Boulevard at the same time?

  • It’s about time.

  • charlie

    this is going to be insane.

    i guess the good news is that this will reduce traffic flow on eastbound 50 thus decreasing congestion at Courthouse Road.

    so much for drag racing on Glebe Road at night.

  • Huh

    $6 million for the bridge crossing Rt. 50? I wonder how that number breaks down. A couple million bucks sounds more reasonable to me.

    • PhilL

      I think that price is pretty good. Low in fact. I would guess they are not replacing the steel, based on that price.


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