(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) All lanes of Lee Highway appear to be blocked after a utility pole reportedly snapped and caused wires to fall across the street.
The incident happened around 9 a.m, just east of the East Falls Church neighborhood. The broken pole was not believed to have been caused by a crash, Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ben O’Bryant told ARLnow.
A detour is in place between N. Ohio Street and N. Quantico Street, though minor delays should be expected. The detour is expected to remain in place for an extended period of time as utility crews work to repair the pole and downed lines.
Arlington County officials said only the westbound lanes were closed, though photos show the road closed in both directions.
Dominion’s power outage map reports 7 customers without power in the area.
Wow. Now 8 #Verizon trucks and a trailer. NO WAIT another with #Auger arrived replace pole broken years ago and flung across street this morning #LeeHwy closure #Quantico to #Powhatan detour 26th or Washington @ARLnowDOTcom @ArlCoVAPatch pic.twitter.com/Ls40dJB7UT
— Russell Imrie (@tweedyBard) June 20, 2019
— megan (@mgnchny) June 20, 2019
INCIDENT: Wires down
LOCATION: Lee Hwy at Powhatan St
IMPACT: All lanes WB Lee Hwy will be closed for an unknown amount of time. Detours are in place. pic.twitter.com/3S7HPdMQCd
— Arlington Alert (@arlingtonalert) June 20, 2019
Photos courtesy @mgnchny/Twitter, map via Google Maps