The westbound lanes of Lee Highway near N. Oak Street in Rosslyn are now closed, after a traffic light collapsed and fell on the roadway.
County police have now set up a detour in the area and are advising drivers to follow posted signs around the section of the road.
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️: Westbound Lee Highway at N. Oak Street is closed for a downed traffic light. Traffic in the area is being diverted. Follow posted directions. pic.twitter.com/9jwgFAORnL
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) August 20, 2018
The road was first closed around 10:30 a.m.
Photo via @ArlingtonVAPD
Heads up if you’re heading home to Arlington via the Key Bridge tonight — a vehicle fire has closed both lanes heading out of D.C.
D.C. police say some traffic is still flowing into the city, but are otherwise warning of big back-ups heading toward Rosslyn.
Police added that the fire has been put out. No word yet on when the lanes will reopen.
Traffic Alert: NW, OB Key Bridge BLOCKED due to a vehicle fire.[the fire has been knocked]; IB One Lane AVAILABLE
MPD and DCFEMS on the sce
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) August 15, 2018
Expect some major traffic backups on I-395 starting this weekend, due to construction work set to run from Springfield through the D.C. line.
Starting tonight, two general purpose lanes will close on the highway from Friday nights through Monday mornings every weekend through Aug. 26.
The construction will mainly include the rehabilitation of bridges on the highway, including the bridge over Four Mile Run, as workers build an eight-mile extension of the I-395 toll lanes from Edsall Road near Springfield to S. Eads Street near the Pentagon.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says closures will alternate between the highway’s northbound and southbound lanes as work progresses, and two general purpose lanes will remain open in each direction during “peak-travel daytime hours.”
VDOT also plans to make the highway’s HOV lanes available to all travelers starting at the entrance just north of Edsall Road to the D.C. line, running in the same direction as construction occurring at the time. Officials are advising drivers heading past the Pentagon to D.C. or south of Springfield to use those lanes, while local drivers should use the general purpose lanes.
The 395 work is also causing some traffic headaches on local roads near the Pentagon’s south parking lots. VDOT is aiming to have the extended express lanes open by the fall of 2019, and the whole project wrapped up by 2020.
Photo via VDOT
Watch out for some delays along the S. Washington Blvd bridge near the Pentagon tonight (Thursday).
The Virginia Department of Transportation says workers will be shifting the two westbound lanes to left, closer to the middle of the road, from about 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. They’re advising drivers to avoid the area, near the Pentagon’s north parking lots, or prepare to encounter some backups.
VDOT adds that the shift is to “allow for railing and pedestrian fence installation along the west side of the bridge deck,” as work on the renovation project nears its end. Construction has been ongoing since 2015, and VDOT hopes to have it wrapped up by sometime this fall.
The County Board recently asked state officials for permission to name the newly renovated bridge “Arlington Veterans Bridge.”
Photo via VDOT
(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) Demolition work is set to get started next week on the S. Clark Street overpass in Crystal City, and that will prompt a handful of traffic detours through the end of the month.
Workers will begin removing the elevated section of the road over 15th Street S. next Monday (July 16) and the demolition is set to run through July 26. The county doesn’t plan to use any explosives in this process, and will merely remove the overpass in sections.
The work will impact eastbound 15th Street S. from July 16-17, with detours set to help drivers reach Route 1 and 18th Street S. Then, the demolition will cause problems on the westbound section of the road from July 18-26, with similar detours planned.
The demolition work will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, though detours will continue on weekends. At least one sidewalk under the bridge will remain open at all times as the work progresses.
The county closed the S. Clark Street overpass to traffic in February to kick off work on this project, with the ultimate goal of easing traffic patterns in the area and encouraging more development along Route 1. Ultimately, the county plans to re-align S. Clark Street in the area to open up more green space in the area, projecting to wrap up that effort in 2022.
Just a week left to bond visually with the doomed Clark Street structure above 15th Street in Crystal City. That puppy's coming down. Sadly no explosives will be involved. https://t.co/wynyUwWeoB pic.twitter.com/SmozxhBZJu
— Arlington DES (@ArlingtonDES) July 9, 2018
Some downed wires have closed both lanes of Military Road in Donaldson Run.
County police say the wires are down along the 3000 block of the road, not far from Zachary Taylor Park and Taylor Elementary School.
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️: ACPD is on scene of downed wires in the 3000 block of Military Road. The roadway is closed in both directions. Seek alternative routes. @ReadyArlington
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) July 2, 2018
A county traffic alert warns that the road will be closed for “an unknown amount of time,” and urges drivers to seek other routes.
Both lanes of Chain Bridge Road at N. Glebe Road are currently closed.
Arlington Police say a tree fell on power lines in the area, and they’re warning drivers near the D.C. limits to find another route.
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️: All lanes of Chain Bridge Road at N. Glebe Road are closed for a fallen tree. @DomEnergyVA is responding due to the tree having made contact with power lines. Seek alternate routes in the area.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) May 17, 2018
There’s no word yet on when the road may reopen, and Arlington’s traffic management systems already show heavy backups in the area.
The crash happened this afternoon in the southbound lanes of the parkway in Arlington near Donaldson Run. One person is being evaluated for potentially serious injuries.
The U.S. Park Police helicopter, Eagle 1, was called in to transport the patient, prompting the closure of the entire parkway, according to scanner traffic. Arlington County medics are also on scene.
— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) May 10, 2018
File photo from 2014, above, courtesy @CAPT258
The eastbound lanes of Wilson Blvd are closed approaching central Rosslyn due to a tractor trailer accident this morning.
Earlier this morning a large truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Commonwealth Tower office building at 1300 Wilson Blvd. Photos show the truck in the process of being removed by heavy duty towing crews.
No injuries were reported, though authorities warned of “significant traffic delays” during the morning rush hour due to the closure. Most of the delays, according to a traffic map, are on Clarendon Blvd and side streets west of the crash scene, at the intersection of Wilson Blvd and Ft. Myer Drive.
The circumstances that led to the truck driving onto the sidewalk are unclear.
Earlier this morning units responded along with @ArlingtonVaPD for a tractor trailer accident near Ft. Myer Dr and Wilson Blvd. No injuries reported. Road closures are in place. Expect significant traffic delays in the Rosslyn area. pic.twitter.com/qev3mHZYuQ
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) May 4, 2018
TRAFFIC ALERT⚠️ EB Wilson Boulevard is shut down at Fort Myer Drive due to an accident. Expect delays and seek alternate routes this morning.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) May 4, 2018
Expect delays heading from D.C. into Virginia via the 14th Street Bridge due to a crash on southbound I-395.
The four-vehicle crash, involving a pickup truck and three other vehicles, happened near the exit to Route 1 and is currently blocking three middle lanes. Traffic is squeezing by on either side, trying to avoid debris in the roadway.
Firefighters have arrived on scene to evaluate possible injuries.
(Updated at 4 p.m.) A vehicle has overturned on the GW Parkway near the Roosevelt Bridge.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Initial reports suggest the vehicle crossed several lanes of traffic before running off the side of the southbound GW Parkway.
The vehicle overturned and came to rest on the driver’s side. The occupant of the vehicle was able to get out and was not reported to be seriously injured.
Southbound traffic is slow approaching the crash scene, backing up well past the Key Bridge.
— Chief 288 (@Chief288) April 9, 2018
Image (top) via Google Maps
Lee Highway is currently blocked at the Spout Run Parkway due to a crash in the middle of the intersection.
Initial reports suggest 2-3 vehicles were involved and at least one person might have been briefly trapped in their vehicle.
Police and firefighters are on scene and all lanes of Lee Highway are temporarily blocked due to the emergency response, though some lanes are expected to reopen shortly.
Police closed the center and left southbound lanes after the crash at around 3:45 p.m. near Mile Marker 7, just north of the Glebe Road exit. Cars could still get by slowly in the two right-hand lanes.
Backups were already reaching as far north as the Pentagon just after 4 p.m. Drivers in the area should expect delays.
Update: Accident: SB on I-395 at MM7 in Arlington Co. 2 travel lanes closed. Potential Delays.4:04PM
— 511 Northern VA (@511northernva) October 31, 2017
Crash. I-395 SB before VA-120 (Ex 7). Arl Co, VA. 2 left lanes blocked, 2 right lanes get by. Delays appx 2 miles.
— MATOC Alerts (@MATOC) October 31, 2017
Initial reports suggest a car and a Jeep collided head-on and another car ran into a light pole at the intersection of S. Glebe Road and 12th Street, in front of the Post Office. Medics are evaluating vehicle occupants for injuries.
One southbound lane of Glebe is currently blocked just south of Columbia Pike, according to scanner traffic. Drivers should expect significant traffic impacts in the area.
Arlington Ridge Road is blocked by a downed utility pole following a crash, according to scanner traffic.
A vehicle reportedly ran into the pole along the 1900 block of Arlington Ridge Road, toppling it and blocking the street. At least one person is being evaluated for injuries by paramedics.
Arlington Ridge Road, a busy commuter route for those exiting from I-395, is closed between 19th and 20th Streets S. Police are on scene directing traffic.
Image via Google Map