The National Park Service (NPS) reports that weather permitting, all six lanes and both sidewalks of Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday, September 21st until 5 a.m. Monday, September 24.
Boaters on the Potomac River should approach the bridge with caution and avoid the area near its center span.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will need to use alternative routes to cross the Potomac River.
“Please do not enter the closed area. Illegal entry will slow work on the bridge because construction activities will have to stop until people leave the area,” Superintendent Alexcy Romero said.
During this closure, work crews will:
Move barges on the Potomac River
Bring a crane next to the bridge on a barge
Cut holes in the bridge deck’s center span
Lower steel supports into the bed of the Potomac River through the holes in the bridge deck
Cover holes in the bridge deck to allow drivers to use the bridge again
NPS will begin work to replace the bridge’s road deck around mid-October, when they will close three lanes and a sidewalk to all use. During that work, they will change the traffic pattern and sign detours for pedestrians and cyclists.
The closure from September 14 to 17 is to prepare the bridge for that work and needs to happen now for the October work to begin on time.
NPS is coordinating this closure with neighboring departments of transportation, emergency responders, and river users.
When the September weekend closure ends, four lanes will be reopened but two will be intermittently closed to prepare for upcoming work.
These lane closures will be to install a center barrier and equipment that will be used to direct drivers using reversible lanes starting later this year.
The nearest alternative routes are the 14th Street & Roosevelt Bridges.
Learn about how construction will change the ways you use the bridge at go.nps.gov/MemorialBridge.
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