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Chain Bridge Road to Close Today

by ARLnow.com June 9, 2011 at 8:59 am 7,533 20 Comments

Update at 1:00 p.m. — Chain Bridge Road has reopened.

Update at 10:30 a.m. –VDOT has issued a correction, saying that the 400 block of Chain Bridge Road, not the bridge itself, will be closed.

Chain Bridge The 400 block of Chain Bridge Road will be closed for part of the day today.

Tree work will force the bridge road to close from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., DDOT said on its Twitter account this morning. A VDOT official confirmed the closure.

“Our crews need to remove a tree that is in danger of falling into the roadway,” said VDOT spokeswoman Joan Morris. “The closure is from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. We hope to reopen the road sooner than that if the removal goes well.”

The work brings back memories of last year’s bridge rehabilitation project, which forced the closure of the bridge on several occasions.

Morris says signs warning about today’s closure have been up for five days. A detour is posted, she said.

  • ArlLiver4

    Speaking of Chain Bridge, what’s up with the uptick in traffic on the bridge over the last few weeks? I’ve noticed a significant increase in traffic heading into DC (possibly up Arizona?)

    Could this be related to the BRAC changes?

    • Rick

      It could be related to the fact z-burger is in tenley circle. Any place that uses funnel cake batter for their onion rings would cause a backup of current proportions.

  • CW

    Chain Bridge sucks.

  • charlie

    i don’t see any trees on Chain Bridge. And isn’t that the DC-line on the Virginia shore…

    • charlie

      thanks ARLNOW for the updated edits which vindicate me on this one!!

  • doodly

    Well, if you don’t see a tree, there’s obviously no tree.

    And it’s not possible that there’s a tree at the end of the bridge (where trees grow) on the Virginia side that requires closing the entire bridge to take down because the work will be blocking bridge traffic. Not possible at all.

    • CW

      I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees.

      • The Lorax

        Get your own material.

    • charlie

      the updated edits sure make a ton more sense. VDOT would never maintain that bridge.

  • LyonSteve

    DC continues to VA’s shoreline. The Bridge is in DC, however, the approach on land is VA.

  • LyonSteve

    The bridge is still open at 9:50am according to traffic cam.

    Also, is there a DC license plate reader on the bridge as you leave DC? Looks like there is next to the “weather” station.

  • Aaron

    10:07am … they are in process of blocking it off according to traffic camera

    • LyonSteve

      Refresh. It’s wide open. I guess they finished really early.

  • Josh S

    Hilarious. Two people arguing on a blog comment string about whether or not an unseen bridge is open.

    • charlie

      if a tree falls on a bridge that isn’t in your state will anyone care? or will they just write about it on the blog?

  • LyonSteve

    If you use Chain Bridge and want to feel better, just look at the 14th St bridge camera!

  • LyonSteve

    Wow, talk about a communication error. There is a big difference between closing the bridge, one of the few Potomac crossings and Chain Bridge Rd.

  • NOVApologist

    Many years ago (pre cellphones) I was involved in an accident in the middle of the Chain Bridge. It took more than an hour for any police to arrive. At the time, we figured that the passing drivers who had stopped and offered to call for help had blown us off. But I knew one of them and when I saw him a few days later he told me that calling for help was like an Abbot and Costello routine. The police dispatcher for DC kept telling him that the bridge was Virginia’s problem. And when he called Arlington police, the dispatcher insisted on an address or a cross street – “What location on Chain Bridge Rd., sir??” He kept telling her the accident was on the Chain Bridge itself. She kept insisting she needed the name of a cross street. Finally he said the cross street was the Potomac River. She told him to call DC. So when he called back to DC, they insisted again that it was Virginia’s problem. He gave up. Finally a DC cop showed and argued very strongly that no accident report should be filed because A) he wasn’t sure it was really his jurisdiction, and B) his shift was ending in 10 minutes and he wasn’t staying late to do a bunch of f***ing paperwork.

    The moral of the story is not to get in an accident on a bridge between two jurisdictions.

    • doodly

      Thanks for a great, awful story.

    • ArlLiver4

      There was a car stuck on Chain Bridge (middle lane, towards VA) last week from at least 5pm until 8pm until a tow truck showed up.

      It caused massive jams on Canal, Arizona and MacArthur.

      On a related note to your story, I called DC’s 311 to report a problem with the bridge a few months ago. The “dispatcher” had no idea of Chain Bridge, asked me what it was, and insisted that there was no Bridge in DC called Chain Bridge.


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