VDOT schedules more lane closings for Route 50 interchange


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During Monday’s online chat, a commenter noted the disruption caused over the weekend by the bridge demolition that was part of the long-term reconstruction of the Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) interchange with Courthouse Road and 10th Street in the Rosslyn area. Here’s some more about the construction plan for this week.

The Virginia Department of Transportation expects to close lanes on eastbound and westbound Arlington Boulevard between 10th Street and North Rhodes. The closings on the westbound boulevard are scheduled for 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekend. On the eastbound side, they may occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The area is shown in the map above.

Through August, traffic heading east on Arlington Boulevard to Courthouse Road will be directed to the next exit after the Courthouse Road exit. That will intersect with the Queen Street/Rhodes Street bridge.The intersection is a four-way stop. Traffic will turn left onto Rhodes Street, then left onto 14th Street and continue to Courthouse Road.

Traffic on Courthouse Road heading toward eastbound Arlington Boulevard will be redirected to 14th Street, then turn right onto Rhodes Street, cross over the bridge, turn left onto the frontage road, then cross North Meade Street to the eastbound Arlington Boulevard entrance.

In October, VDOT closed the westbound Arlington Boulevard exit onto 10th Street, and the resulting detour will remain until spring. It goes from westbound Arlington Boulevard to North Pershing Drive and then Washington Boulevard to 10th Street.

All of the rebuilding is scheduled to be done in mid-2014.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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