This weekend's preparation work is ahead of complete changes to the traffic patterns around the bridge, set to begin next month and run through the project’s completion in 2021.
WASHINGTON — After a couple of wet weekends and back-to-back rain delays, the planned weekend closure of Arlington Memorial Bridge went into effect on Friday evening.
With mostly clear skies expected, the National Park Service said the closure of the bridge was scheduled for 7 p.m. The bridge was officially closed at 9 p.m. It is scheduled to remain closed through the weekend, reopening early Monday around 5 a.m.
Throughout the weekend, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists will have to rely on the 14th Street, Roosevelt or Key bridges to travel in and out of D.C.
Although the bridge will be reopened before the Monday morning rush hour, the park service said drivers should expect a new traffic pattern, with only two lanes open to inbound and outbound drivers through mid-to-late October.
A concrete jersey wall will also be installed down the center of the span, separating inbound and outbound traffic.