National Park Service Orders Arlington Memorial Bridge Partial Shutdown, Load Limits


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Two lanes to be CLOSED and ‘most buses’ will be banned.

The commute to Washington, D.C. for drivers, already one of the worst in the country, is about to get worse.

Via Dr. Gridlock

 The National Park Service, at the recommendation of the Federal Highway Administration, will close both curbside lanes and four feet of the adjoining sidewalk across the drawbridge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge prior to Friday morning’s rush hour, officials said Thursday. Officials also will post a 10-ton load limit across the entire length of the bridge, which effectively eliminates most bus traffic.

Officials said the lane closures will remain in effect until emergency repairs are complete — likely six to nine months.

Officials said during a routine annual inspection, Federal Highway Administration engineers found a corroded area that warranted further inspection. Follow-up evaluation found that secondary load-bearing support beams, located at the drawbridge span, are corroding at a faster rate than anticipated and no longer meet load-bearing standards.

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