Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Shannon Whalen-McDaniel 703-228-3685
Sept. 17, 2014
ARLINGTON BOULEVARD INTERCHANGES COMPLETE
VDOT and Arlington County celebrate major improvements, unique aesthetics
ARLINGTON―A dramatic makeover for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists along Route 50 at 10th Street and Courthouse Road in Arlington was made official today as local leaders joined Virginia Department of Transportation and the County to cut the ribbon on $40 million of capacity, access and safety improvements.
The Virginia Department of Transportation teamed with Arlington County to reconstruct the two 1950s-era interchanges, which were tightly spaced by current standards, with short acceleration lanes, poor sight lines and insufficient capacity for current and future traffic. Crews rebuilt the two bridges over Route 50, separated local and turning motorists from through traffic, and made a number of bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
“The foremost improvements are new dedicated acceleration and deceleration lanes on Route 50 that are separated from the main roadway,” said Bill Cuttler, VDOT’s district construction engineer for northern Virginia. “These lanes better accommodate entering and exiting vehicles to make merging safer, and move more vehicles smoothly to reduce congestion.”
As Arlington maintains its own secondary roads, the project required close coordination with the county on detours, traffic management, design, project aesthetics and other details.
“Our longstanding partnership with VDOT has produced yet another significant improvement for Arlington’s infrastructure and the region’s transportation network,” said Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Chair. “This project, the result of years of planning and coordination, has made our roads safer for motorists and has enhanced our network of heavily used cycling and pedestrian trails.”
Additional improvements include:
- Signalized intersections providing access from eastbound Route 50 to 10th Street and Courthouse Road
- Ramps providing access from westbound Route 50 to 10th Street and Courthouse Road
- A signalized “T” intersection providing access from both directions of Fairfax Drive
- A bicycle trail added eastbound on Arlington Boulevard from Pershing Drive to Rolfe Street, and relocating and extending the westbound trail under the 10th Street bridge
The project’s unique aesthetics feature a public art component with custom concrete panels and LED back-lit, patterned metal grillwork designed by artist Vicki Scuri who was selected through a competitive selection process managed by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.
Crews will finish the art installation this month and final landscaping in the spring. Flippo Construction Company, Inc. was the contractor for the project, and AECOM was the design firm.
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