Arlington Memorial Bridge to temporarily close in September

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed for one weekend in September.

Starting Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m., the all six lanes and both sidewalks of the bridge will be closed to cars, bikes, and pedestrians. The closure will be in effect until Monday, September 17 at 5 a.m.

NPS warns boaters in the Potomac River should approach the bridge with caution and avoid the area near its center span.

All drivers, pedestrians, and bikers should use an alternative river to cross the 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 the closure, work crews will:

  • Move barges on the Potomac River
  • Bring a crane next to the bridge on a barge
  • Cut holes in 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 that allow drivers to use the bridge again

Officials say the closure in September is to prepare the bridge for additional work to replace the bridge’s road deck that will take place mid-October. During that work, three lanes and one sidewalk will be closed.

After September 17, NPS says they will  intermittently closed to lanes to prepare for the October 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 fall.

The next full weekend closure is tentatively planned for November.

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