is the most up to date information on the Washington Blvd. Bridge.
is not scheduled until 2015.
27/244 Interchange**Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike
Existing Washington Boulevard bridge. Click to view full-size photo]
at a Glance
in Spring 2012
Completion Date *
Contracting Company, LLC
the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington.
new bridge will be wider, longer and a great deal more attractive than
structure. A light well will separate westbound and eastbound
and an acceleration/deceleration lane will be added westbound
ramps to assist weaving.
new bridge will accommodate Columbia Pike widening. Clearance under the
will be increased to 16'-8” to accommodate a future area streetcar.
Pike will have 11-foot travel lanes, a left-turn lane, and raised
ramps will also be reconfigured to improve access, traffic flow and
existing box culvert that conveys Long Branch through the center of the
will be replaced with a double-cell box culvert and extended to
erosion at the downstream end.
10-foot shared-use path on one side and a 7- to 8-foot sidewalk on the
side of Columbia Pike will run through the project area. The design
enhanced safety, mobility and aesthetics for all interchange
bicyclists, and motorists.
community working group of citizens, Arlington County and VDOT staff
concepts for the bridge's architectural and aesthetic treatments,
*Decorative pylons in each corner
Haunched steel fascia girders with a two-tone paint scheme to mimic the
*A relief pattern incorporated into the vertical outer surfaces of the
parapet to create shadows and visual interest.
*A concrete block pattern on retaining and abutment walls similar to
*Recessed, arched panels on the abutment walls
*Medallions with images reflecting the historical significance of
Village, for which the bridge will be named
*Color and anti-graffiti application to concrete surfaces
the project, drivers can expect single lane closures daily on
Boulevard in both directions from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Drivers
also expect periodic traffic shifts, the first this summer to new
pavement crews will construct over the next few months.
Columbia Pike closures* – Up to five weekend closures per year of
Pike are expected for work such as bridge demolition and erection
high beams. These closures will begin after rush hour Friday evening and
by rush hour on Monday morning. Traffic will be rerouted between S.
Street and S. Orme Street around the north side of the intersection.
signs will notify motorists of these closures in advance.
traffic noise impacts associated with the interchange
were assessed in 2000 and 2007 (after changes to the
configuration). In both studies, three sound barriers were
and found to be feasible (provided at least 5 decibels of noise
but only one was found to be cost-effective in the latter
The Noise Impact Analysis Technical
Noise Abatement Committee Submittal
analyses, findings, and general location of the proposed sound barrier
on the 2007 study. The approval for the sound barrier was provided by
Federal Highway Administration
recently updated the State Noise Abatement Policy and created a
Manual (see more
that the policy was not in effect at the time of the study for the
27/244 interchange project, and per an agreement with FHWA, the noise
is not being revisited.
existing single-span bridge was built in the 1940s by the War
as part of the Pentagon Roadway Network. It is a thick, solid
that suffers from deteriorating concrete, corrosion, and heavy
contamination. It has also withstood many years of increasing
the interchange does not operate adequately or accommodate all
and also prohibits widening Columbia Pike. A 2008 traffic analysis
spot improvements and corridor-wide improvements to the
to address concerns raised by the community working group.
included maintaining S. Queen Street access, adding signals along
Pike, separating Ramp E from the S. Queen Street intersection to
extent possible, and eliminating time-of-day lane use on eastbound
Pike. While all concerns could not be addressed through design,
intent was to determine how best to meet the safety, operation, and
issues raised by the Bridge Working Group, while also ensuring that
interchange configuration will function adequately during the peak
without queues spilling back onto the mainline of Washington
View a copy of the traffic analysis
bridge was rated as “poor” in recent structural inspections, meaning
the superficial concrete is in poor condition, but is still
capable of carrying traffic without further restriction or
to the public. Note: Truck drivers are reminded of the bridge's posted
restriction of 27 tons (single truck) and 40 tons (truck with
which is Virginia's legal load for these types of vehicles.
the bridge’s rating, with diligent inspections and maintenance, its
concrete frame will withstand current traffic loads for the
future, as it has for many years.
Boulevard carries more than 80,000 vehicles each day over