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Lane Closures in Place for Glebe Road Bridge Work

by ARLnow.com June 15, 2011 at 11:40 am 3,557 3 Comments

Drivers heading across the Glebe Road/Route 50 bridge are now encountering lane closures and heavier traffic during the day.

The bridge that carries Glebe Road traffic over Route 50 is being replaced over the next 15 months. Initially, we had been told that “any lane closures or shifts… will occur between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.” and that there would be “no major construction impacts… during the day.”

The lane closures, construction activity and traffic backups we saw on either side of the bridge today seem to dispute those initial statements.

Update at 11:50 a.m. — We’re hearing on Twitter that VDOT told attendees at a public meeting that the work underway now — removing the medians leading to the bridge — would possibly take place during the day.

  • Arlwhenever

    It looks like at this point that VDOT is eliminating the raised medians on the bridge approaches so the lanes can be shifted to yield space for demolishing the old and then constructing the new structure, one strip at a time.

  • Arlwhenever

    And with a few minutes of research I found the following, which indicates that there will be lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm during phase 1, running to August 18th.

    “Maintenance of Traffic Stage 1 Remove Raised Median on Glebe Rd Approaches

    One lane open in each direction on Glebe Rd
    No Detours
    Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and/or 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    Duration: May 25 to August 18”


  • charlie

    the break the eggs to make the omlete thing is going to be hard on this project. it is a nightmare. and the non-construction time placing of the barrels in the medium is a traffic nightmare. no one can see around them to turn left. ugh.
    maybe it should just be made one-way with a light controlling it all. then the work can get done more quickly.


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