As of March 24th, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDoT) opened the new second bridge along Washington Blvd over Columbia Pike. This was a major landmark in an ongoing construction project to improve traffic and safety along the area. While the project as a whole is not yet completed, and more work is to be done on the new bridge, residents and visitors along the Orange Line will reap the benefits of this latest addition to our roads.
The new bridge now divides east and westbound traffic, allowing for better flow in each direction. VDOT has announced that the new bridge is expected to be completed by late this summer. There are new culverts to be done, that will redirect Long Branch Creek, which flows below the interchange, as well as ramp reconstruction, painting, and a sound barrier. There will also be a shared use path built for cyclists and pedestrians.
The new bridge is part of a $48.5 million project to update the Route 27/244 Interchange. There are other areas affected currently by the project that motorists should be aware of. Currently South Queen Street and the I-395 Ramp are closed at the interchange. They are expected to be open again this summer. Traffic is being re-routed, so be sure to plan accordingly if you are traveling over Columbia Pike. You can keep updated with the construction progress, including additional closures and openings, via the Virginia Dept. of Transportation website.
When completed, the new bridge will be opening with a celebration sponsored by VDoT. The bridge will be named Freedman’s Village Bridge in honor of the freed slave community, which was founded nearby. Not only the name will be displayed on the bridge, there will be medallions replicating Freedman’s Village scenes taken from a Harper’s Weekly story about the village, which was published in 1864.
The new bridge is another great new asset for Arlington, improving our county and Orange Line Living. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, myself, and the Orange Line Living team make it an easy and convenient process. We work with you to provide our unique and specialized services so you can turn your plans into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653, or at [email protected]