A crash in the East Falls Church neighborhood last night closed a portion of busy Lee Highway for an extended period of time.
The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, a couple of blocks east of the Lee Highway and Washington Blvd intersection. A driver in a sedan appears to have run off the road, smashed through a brick wall and damaged a utility pole.
“Upon arrival, officers located a single vehicle crash into a utility pole,” Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage tells ARLnow. The driver was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lee Highway was closed between Washington Boulevard and N. Sycamore Street and Dominion Energy responded to complete repairs.”
The crash knocked out power to a portion of the surrounding area. An exact cause of the crash was not given.
Utility work dragged on into the night, but all lanes were reopened by this morning, according to Arlington Alert.
INCIDENT: Fire Department Activity
LOCATION: 6600 Block of Lee Highway
IMPACT: Lee Highway closure has been extended from Washington Blvd to N Sycamore. Seek alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/jFoIsi237x
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) February 26, 2021
Photo via Danny Shaw
(Updated at 1:45 p.m.) After two years of construction, the Arlington Memorial Bridge is completely open for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The 90-year-old bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, was renovated to save it from potentially closing for good in 2021. The $227 million rehabilitation project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in National Park Service history, will give the bridge another 75 years of service, officials said on Friday.
According to NPS, although the bridge is officially open, workers will continue putting final touches on the bridge and the Memorial Circle, replanting staging areas, completing small projects on the deck and installing bird netting.
In addition to the heavy infrastructure work on the bridge, a key Potomac River crossing, NPS repaved, improved crossings, added new signs and made the area easier and safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to navigate, officials said.
Local members of Congress — including Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton — pushed for funding the project, after the discovery of corrosion led officials to close outer lanes and impose a weight limit.
In a joint statement issued Friday, the lawmakers said they worked to save the bridge because a closure would hurt their constituents.
“Memorial Bridge is now fully operational, and stands not only as a historic and functional monument, but also as a symbol of the kind of progress that is possible on rebuilding key transportation infrastructure through smart government investment,” they said in a statement.
Warner added that the project’s funding only came together as a result of a long-running, concerted effort among lawmakers and local officials.
“In 2015, we were warned that Memorial Bridge — a critical artery between Virginia and the nation’s capital — was literally falling apart,” said Sen. Warner. “Today’s reopening is a testament to years of work by the region’s congressional delegation, our local partners, and the National Park Service. Commuters can now rest easy knowing that this nearly 90-year-old landmark will carry them safely over the Potomac for years to come.”
The completed project preserves a national memorial to the sacrifices of veterans, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt said.
“The completion of this project marks one of the largest infrastructure projects in National Park Service history, which was done on time and on budget,” Bernhardt said. “I hope that all Americans are brought together to remember and honor our veterans every time they cross this bridge into the capital of our nation.”
Flickr pool photo (top) by Kevin Wolf, photo (bottom) courtesy of Office of Sen. Mark Warner
(Updated at 11:15 p.m.) A multi-vehicle crash has temporarily blocked all lanes of the GW Parkway in Arlington.
The crash happened near the scenic overlooks on the parkway. Initial reports suggest that one of the vehicles involved crashed into a tree in the median, and that firefighters had to extricate an occupant of the vehicle who was trapped inside.
One patient is being transported to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital, according to scanner traffic.
The parkway is expected to remain at least partially blocked for much of the evening due to due downed trees.
INCIDENT: Tree Down
LOCATION: NB/SB GW Parkway at 2nd Scenic Overlook
IMPACT: All NB and SB lanes closed for tree down and traffic collision. Seek alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/c7dZO6uoKS
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) November 11, 2020
INCIDENT: Trees Down
LOCATION: NB GW Parkway (2nd Scenic Overlook)
IMPACT: With regard to the earlier incident, NB and SB GW Pkwy will experience periodic closures at the 2nd scenic overlook. Traffic delays expected throughout the evening. Seek alternate pic.twitter.com/vMBBeGiLPb
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) November 11, 2020
#ARLINGTON GW Pkwy between VA-123 and Spout Run Pkwy, ALL LANES BLOCKED each way until further notice due to DOWNED TREES. SB diverted to VA-123 and NB diverted to Spout Run Pkwy #vatraffic #dctraffic
— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) November 11, 2020
Map via Google Maps
Rush hour isn’t what it used to be, but a crash has caused a big backup on southbound I-395 in Arlington.
A vehicle flipped on its side in the main outbound lanes of I-395 between Washington Blvd and S. Glebe Road around 4:15 p.m. The driver suffered minor injuries and is out of the vehicle, according to scanner traffic.
Police and firefighters are on the scene. Traffic cameras currently show 1-2 lanes of traffic getting by the crash scene.
Drivers should try to avoid southbound I-395 until the crash is cleared.
One person was injured after a moped and an SUV collided near the Lee Heights Shops this afternoon.
The crash happened shortly after noon at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and N. Wakefield Street. The moped’s driver appears to have slammed into the front driver’s side corner of the SUV, though the exact circumstances leading to the crash are unclear.
A video posted to social media shows the aftermath of the crash as firefighters arrive on scene; the moped driver can be seen lying in the middle of the roadway, attended to by passersby.
The moped driver was injured and transported to a local hospital, according to an Arlington County Fire Department spokesman, who described the injuries as “minor” and “non-life threatening.”
The same intersection was the scene of a two-car crash on Friday, Aug. 28.
Update at 4 p.m. — Firefighters have largely cleared the scene but at least one northbound lane is now expected to remain closed while crews repair the line.
Earlier: Several blocks of S. Glebe Road are blocked due to a reported gas line rupture.
Initial reports suggest that a construction vehicle struck a gas line along the 3100 block of S. Glebe Road shortly after 3 p.m., causing a leak. Police and firefighters are on scene, awaiting repair crews from the gas company.
All lanes of Glebe are blocked between S. Fern Street and Arlington Ridge Road. The southbound lanes are expected to reopen momentarily.
Southbound I-395 is down to one lane near the Pentagon during this evening’s rush hour due to a crash.
Initial reports suggest a vehicle flipped on its roof just past the exit ramp to Route 1. The occupants of the vehicle were able to get out and no serious injuries have been reported.
Those heading from D.C. to Virginia via the 14th Street Bridge should expect major traffic impacts in the area. The HOV lanes, however, are not affected by the crash.
Update at 5:25 p.m. — Two lanes are now open.
N. Glebe Road is expected to close for nine straight days next year for a bridge rehabilitation project.
In a recently-posed video presentation, VDOT provided an update on its planned Pimmit Run bridge project. The presentation details the plan to replace the deteriorating bridge deck and steel supporting beams with large, prefabricated components.
Sections of the bridge deck and support beams will be constructed off-site and trucked in, then placed with a crane. That will allow crews to replace the entire top of the bridge much faster than with conventional construction techniques, which would require a sequential series of lane closures.
The downside is that the bridge — and thus N. Glebe Road, just up from Chain Bridge — will need to be closed to traffic entirely for an estimated nine days next year.
The project is set to kick off next spring and wrap up in the fall of 2021. Its projected cost of $9.5 million will come from state and federal funds.
The bridge was built in 1973, serves 13,000 vehicles per day, and is suffering from corroding concrete and steel supports. The project will replace the entire bridge deck and support beams, while also repairing the concrete bridge piers in and around Pimmit Run, near where it flows into the Potomac.
The rehabilitated bridge will have new rails and barriers, as well as a widened pedestrian path.
During the project, traffic heading to and from Chain Bridge will be detoured via McLean and N. Chain Bridge Road. A closure of N. Glebe Road just up from the bridge last week, due to water main work, resulted only in minor traffic impacts — albeit during a pandemic during which many people are working from home.
(Updated at 11:25 a.m.) Those who commute over the Chain Bridge will need to find a different route this week, starting tomorrow.
Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services says N. Glebe Road and Chain Bridge Road will be closed just before the entrance to Chain Bridge for much of the week, due to water main repair work.
The closures are set to be in effect from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday.
“No water service impacts are anticipated,” DES said in a tweet. “A traffic detour will be in place.”
That section of roadway was the scene of a major water main break in November, which disrupted water service to a large section of Arlington County.
“There is a confirmed leak at the same location where the November 8… water main break occurred,” DES spokeswoman Kathryn O’Brien tells ARLnow. “This leak is a low volume leak. Crews have isolated the water main and will begin repairs tomorrow.”
Separately, work is currently underway on a $4.5 million water main rehabilitation project on a nearby section of N. Glebe Road.
Upcoming Road Closure: N Glebe Rd and Chain Bridge Rd will be closed this Tues. to Fri. from 6am to 6pm for a water main repair. No water service impacts are anticipated. A traffic detour will be in place. Please seek alternative routes. Questions? Call 703-228-6555 #vatraffic pic.twitter.com/ySfebyyHyM
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) July 20, 2020
(Updated at 2:35 p.m.) Police have shut down a block of S. Fern Street in Pentagon City after a pedestrian was struck.
Arriving first responders found the individual lying in the roadway and bleeding, after being struck by a vehicle. Initial reports suggest that the person’s injuries may be serious.
S. Fern Street is currently blocked between 12th Street S. and Army Navy Drive as a result of the emergency response. The closure may be extended by a police investigation.
INCIDENT: Traffic Collision
LOCATION: 1100 BLK S Fern St
IMPACT: S Fern St will be closed between Army Navy Dr & 12th St S until further notice due to a traffic collision. Seek an alternative route. pic.twitter.com/P7v2lz0XEb
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) July 15, 2020