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Lane Closures on Route 50 Begin Sunday

by Katie Pyzyk January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am 2,888 14 Comments

Various lane closures due to work on the new Courthouse interchange could cause some additional traffic headaches starting this weekend.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be closing up to two of three lanes in each direction of Route 50 from 10th Street to N. Rhodes Street. Those closures will take place at night, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., starting on Sunday and running through Thursday, February 2. Daytime closures from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will begin on Monday and continue until Friday, February 3.

VDOT warns drivers that although late night closures don’t officially begin until 9:00 p.m., preparations for the road work could start as early as 7:00 p.m. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and be aware of construction crews.

The $39 million project to redesign the interchange at Route 50, Courthouse Road and 10th Street was launched to improve accessibility and safety in the area. Aesthetic improvements will also be added.

The project’s second phase of utility relocation is scheduled to be finished this spring. The entire project is slated to be completed in fall of 2013.

  • Roycroft

    Something is wrong with this rendering.

  • JohnB

    This will be a much needed improvement when complete. Glad to see they’ve included the bike trails.

    • bike-ist

      The current bike route / trail (which goes onto the sidewalk under the bridge at Courthouse Rd) is closed as of this morning – forcing us into the road into oncoming traffic!
      Does anyone know if there is a detour we can take or how long this will be closed?

  • Brian

    This will be the most annoying part, from VDOT:

    Detour 3 (Spring 2012 to end Winter 2012/Spring 2011
    Ramp from southbound 10th St. to eastbound Rt. 50 and Fairfax Drive closed.
    Signed detours (two) will be Washington Blvd. to N. Pershing to Rt. 50, and

  • Just me

    I look forward to having a better ramp to 50 from 10th street but not the detour for 6 months. It had better be a good ramp for a 6 month project.

  • bemused bystander

    The lane closures aren’t new news. VDOT has been closing lanes at night, somewhat unpredictably, for months. They’ve also been embellishing the open lanes with metal plates that are clangy, bumpy and generally tough on tires.

  • Karen

    I’ll just be thrilled when it is all completed since the loud nightly construction is happening directly outside my bedroom windows!

    • Gary

      You do realize that they are going to be building a high rise apartment building in the parking lot of those garden style apartments sometime in the near future—-that will probably be another 2/3 years of loud noise. Just an FYI.

  • MC

    Slightly off topic, but related to the neighborhood in question. I see Mary Hynes quoted in an article today concerning the possible closing of Fort Myer as part of BRAC 2 defense cuts. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2012/01/brac-history-could-favor-washington.html?page=2
    If that happened, wonder if the property would remain federal or be sold to private interests?

    • bemused bystander

      It’s an historic federal enclave. Hard to imagine it being sold — the fuss would be enormous. How about repurposing it, as they say, as an Arlington school?

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