Washington Boulevard and Columbia Pike Interchange Improvement Project
Washington Boulevard and Columbia Pike Interchange
COLUMBIA PIKE AND WASHINGTON BOULEVARD
Arlington—During the weekends of February 22nd and March 1st (weather permitting),
Columbia Pike will be CLOSED in both directions under the Washington Boulevard Bridge so
that VDOT can safely complete demolition of the remaining portion of the old bridge that
carried Washington Boulevard over Columbia Pike.
Between South Quinn Street and South Orme Street, ALL COLUMBIA PIKE TRAFFIC, including
pedestrians and bicycles, will be detoured around the work area to a temporary signalized
intersection at Washington Boulevard, as shown on Exhibit 1 (Green Arrows indicate detoured
traffic, Blue Arrows indicate existing movements that remain unaffected). Please note that the
eastbound Columbia Pike traffic bound for I‐395 North and southbound Washington Boulevard
will make a left turn at South Quinn Street and a right turn onto southbound Washington
Boulevard. Westbound Columbia Pike traffic bound for Washington Boulevard southbound or
I‐395 North will follow the Second Street South Detour (see Exhibit 2 below).
ALL WASHINGTON BOULEVARD TRAFFIC will remain unaffected, with the following exceptions:
(1) northbound Washington Boulevard to westbound Columbia Pike will be detoured to Second
Street South interchange and back to Columbia Pike via South Courthouse Road (see Exhibit 2);
and (2) southbound Washington Boulevard to eastbound Columbia Pike will turn left at the
temporary signal on Washington Boulevard and follow the detour back to Columbia Pike.
In addition, SOUTH QUEEN STREET will be closed at its intersection with Columbia Pike. All
local traffic bound for Columbia Pike, Washington Boulevard, and I‐395 will be detoured to the
traffic signal at South Quinn Street.
Detour signs and other signage will be in place directing traffic to the various destinations.
The following description is applicable to each of the two weekends: Work to setup the
detours will begin on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. with the full closure of Columbia Pike
starting Saturday morning by approximately 10:00 a.m. Once the detours are in place, bridge
demolition will commence (including, hoe ramming of existing concrete, cutting reinforcing
steel and stockpiling demolition debris) and will continue Saturday and Sunday between
approximately 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Other activities will continue between 9 p.m. Sunday
and 4:30 a.m. Monday to remove the detours and restore all traffic lanes, ramps and signals to
their previous configurations. Additional weekends may be required if inclement weather
prevents work on the weekends noted above.
For more information on the project, please see our website at:
Exhibit 1. Columbia Pike Detour in vicinity of Washington Boulevard Interchange for Bridge Demolition Work
Exhibit 2. Northbound Washington Boulevard to Eastbound Columbia Pike Detour for Bridge Demolition Work.