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Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Jan. 11, 2013

Detours in place through late 2013

ARLINGTON ― Beginning in late January, drivers using eastbound Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) to and from Courthouse Road will be detoured as crews demolish and rebuild the Courthouse Road bridge through August 2013. The work is part of several long-term improvements to the Route 50 interchanges at Courthouse Road and 10th Street in Arlington.

To demolish the bridge, crews will close westbound Route 50 the weekend of Jan. 26-27. Drivers will be detoured and are strongly encouraged to avoid westbound Route 50 in this area over the weekend.

Electronic message signs are in place along Route 50 and Courthouse Road to notify drivers and direct them to detours.

Details on the closures and detours:

Weekend closure Jan. 26-27 for bridge demolition

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, flaggers will direct westbound Route 50 traffic to exit at 14th Street. Drivers will use 14th Street to 15th Street, right at N. Courthouse Road, left at Wilson Boulevard, left at N. Barton Street, left at 10th Street back to Route 50 as a detour. Route 50 will re-open by 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. See a Google map of the detour.

Detours through August 2013 for bridge construction

Eastbound Route 50 to Courthouse Road – Traffic will be directed to the frontage road (the next exit after the existing Courthouse Road exit) which will intersect with the Queen Street/Rhodes Street bridge. This intersection will be a 4-way stop. Traffic will turn left onto Rhodes Street, then left onto 14th Street and continue to Courthouse Road.  See a Google map of the detour.

Courthouse Road to eastbound Route 50 – Traffic heading toward the eastbound Route 50 entrance will be redirected to 14th Street. Traffic will follow 14th Street, turn right onto Rhodes Street, cross over the bridge and turn left onto the frontage road, then cross N. Meade Street to the eastbound Route 50 entrance. See a Google map of the detour.

A temporary signal at Meade Street and Arlington Boulevard will help control traffic during peak hours.

About the project

This $39 million project improves safety and accessibility at the Arlington Boulevard interchanges at Courthouse Road and 10th Street. When work is complete in mid-2014, drivers will have improved bridges, ramps, intersections, and better traffic flow through the interchanges with new dedicated acceleration/deceleration lanes. The project features new sections of bicycle trail, lighting, and a custom-designed art component. See VDOT’s project page for more details.


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