VDOT to Discuss Route 27/110 Bridge Project

by ARLnow.com February 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm 20 Comments

VDOT rendering of new Washington Blvd bridge over Route 110VDOT is planning to “modify and repair” the aging Washington Boulevard (Route 27) bridge over Route 110, near the Pentagon, and will be holding a public hearing to discuss its plan.

The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the VDOT Arlington headquarters at 1426 Columbia Pike. The project manager, Edwin Woo, is also soliciting comments via email for the next three weeks.

The bridge, which was built in 1941 and carries 3 lanes of traffic in each direction, is structurally deficient, according to VDOT. The replacement will be widened by 9 feet, to 105 feet, to accommodate an 14-foot shared use path and an 8-foot sidewalk on either side of the bridge — an improvement over the existing, narrow concrete sidewalks.

The bridge will also be lengthened, to 485 feet, and will also allow a slightly higher clearance: 16 feet 6 inches compared to 15 feet 4 inches. It will still carry three vehicle travel lanes in each direction.

Construction on the $20 million project is tentatively expected to start in 2014 and wrap up in 2015. At least two traffic lanes will be maintained on Washington Boulevard and Route 110 during the duration of the project, with the exception of some temporary nighttime closures, according to VDOT.

The bridge carries more than 100,000 vehicles per day, VDOT figures suggest.

  • novasteve

    Gee, maybe they can have the detour run through barton/10th street like every other improvement is doing.

    • Hee-Haw


    • CrystalMikey

      Yeah, because 10th isn’t totally closed off at Arlington Blvd. right now…

  • Rainman

    Cannot wait for the ARCA and AHCA people to protest this as well….

  • Neighbor

    Would be nice if they’d get rid of the three-lanes to two-lanes configuration just past that bridge as you approach the circle at Memorial Bridge. It’s a big bottleneck in the mornings because of the design. Of course, the jerks who cruise in that outer lane to cut over at the front of the line cause a lot of the problem. It isn’t really a true merge point; that lane is supposed to exit onto Boundary Channel Drive.

  • Hank

    I have no idea where that came from, but I love it.

  • fedworker

    Hmmm. An $80M aquatics park with 1000+ users per month or $20M for a bridge that carries 100,000 vehicles per day, which is the better value?

    • Zimmy

      The trolley bitches!

    • oops

      VDOT is a state agency that owns and maintains this road. The money will come for the state, not the county.

      Try again though, you’ll hit something eventually.

  • AL

    I think you made your point with the last post!

  • BarryBallston

    There are an inordinate number of bridge-related posts on this site.

  • esmith69

    Is this the bridge that ALWAYS has several inches of standing water in the right lane during heavy rains? If so, I am very happy to hear they will be fixing it.

  • CW

    I guess they are assuming BMW will reintroduce hatchbacks to the US market?

  • pdarl

    If this is the one I’m thinking about, it’s going to be a messy fix. But if it’s structurally deficient, best to get it done.

  • ARL-VA

    I’m glad to hear about this project. The current side path is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. The railing on the SW side is crumbling so badly that a temporary steel fence had to be added.

  • Sidewalk? Does anyone actually walk along this now?

    • Josh S

      I believe the primary users are bicyclists and joggers.

  • So they are going to take lane space away

    That’s how I read this

    –The replacement will be widened by 9 feet, to 105 feet, to accommodate an 14-foot shared use path and an 8-foot sidewalk on either side of the bridge — an improvement over the existing, narrow concrete sidewalks. —

    Of course, what is really funny is there is no sidewalk on the eastbound 27 road except for the bridge and the westbound side never has any walkers (don’t see any bikers either) but, hey, lets keep making it difficult for people that drive.

    • cyclist

      You probably don’t see any cyclists because there isn’t a lane for cyclists.

      Making it easier for people to walk and ride bikes makes it easier for you to drive. I’ll let you figure out how.

    • Josh S

      Also, where does it say that people operating cars are more important than people operating bicycles, or their feet?


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