Thanks to the work of U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine as well as U.S. Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Arlington Memorial Bridge will be rehabilitated, starting next fall. According to ARLNow, the National Park Service approved $227 million for the one-phase project in order to increase the bridge’s lifespan by 85 to 100 years.
Throughout construction, at least three lanes of traffic are expected to remain open. 68,000 vehicles cross the 85-year-old bridge each day, according to ARLNow.
According to a press release, the project is expected to complete by 2021, 18 months sooner than previously estimated. This will be the first time the bridge undergoes a major rehabilitation.
In a statement, Kaine said, “Arlington Memorial Bridge is among the nation’s most deteriorated bridges, and I’m extremely proud that after years of hard work, the National Park Service has committed full funding for rehabilitation of the bridge. This is a huge win for Northern Virginia commuters, as well as visitors to the nation’s capital.”