New traffic pattern on Arlington Memorial Bridge to impact overnight drivers

A new overnight traffic pattern will impact drivers who travel across the Arlington Memorial Bridge as the rehabilitation project to fix the deteriorating structure continues.

Beginning on Monday, March 11 through the fall of 2019, the National Park Service will reduce the number of lanes going across the bridge beginning at 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. Officials say the new overnight traffic pattern will involve closing one of the bridge's three open lanes for several hours at a time.

They also say they will temporarily close an additional lane for about 15 minutes at a time. During the 15 minute periods when only one travel lane will be open, flaggers will direct traffic across the bridge in either direction.

Officials say workers will use the extra room to install large, pre-cast, concrete panels.

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Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be impacted and the bridge's sidewalk will remain open. Officials say drivers using the bridge during the day will not see any changes to traffic.

The rehabilitation project began in 2018 and is expected to continue until 2021. The total cots is estimated at approximately $250 million.