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WB Route 50 Ramp to Courthouse Road Closed

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm 3,860 9 Comments

The ramp from westbound Route 50 to Courthouse Road is now closed, cutting off a key route for drivers heading from D.C. to the Courthouse area.

VDOT tells us the closure will last about 6-8 weeks while crews construct a new ramp as part of the Route 50/Courthouse Road interchange project.

As a detour, drivers are encouraged to take the Queen Street exit from WB Route 50, about a half mile before Courthouse Road. VDOT says exit signs will then direct drivers up 14th Street, to 15th Street, and finally to Courthouse Road.

Not every driver seems willing to abide the ramp closure, however. Today we spotted a minivan with diplomatic license plates that drove up to the closure, then reversed in traffic on Route 50, and weaved between a pair of orange barrels to get on to Courthouse Road.


  • BreakPause02

    Why can’t they open the ramp sooner for 10th Street? 6-8 weeks is nothing compared to 12+ months.

    • Because…

      No overpasses/bridges/etc are involved. This is the ramp from WB, not EB. Meaning it’s a glorified right turn (at present).

      10th Street requires a completely new bridge/etc.

  • Clarendouche

    The newly reconstructed Route 50 had better be better than sex once finished. If it’s not, it’s not worth the hassle.

    • Springfield

      Doubt it, but at least it’s not the mixing bowl. 12 months is nothing compared to 12 years!

  • courthound

    I have tried to work my routes to access Courthouse Road from eastbound 50 just to avoid the mess they have there.

  • CW

    Thank god. Deathtrap intersection, obscured by construction equipment for months too. Terrifying for drivers coming off of EB 50, even worse for peds and cyclists.

    And diplomat plates are the only thing scarier than a taxi.

  • Swag

    At least the (kinda) patched the craters on the ramp from 10th st to 50 west.

  • Marie Antoinette

    Diplomatic plates are for peasants.

  • Cyrus

    I…..have….Dip-lo-matic immunity!


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