Steer clear of the Arlington Memorial Bridge this weekend.
The bridge will be completely closed — no vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians — from 9 p.m. on Friday, December 7 to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 10. Even boaters are being advised to approach the bridge with caution and to avoid the area near the center span.
This is part of a major rehabilitation project being done on the bridge. Workers are moving granite balustrades for off-site rehabilitation, doing structural work, and removing sections of the bridge deck.
When the December 7-10 closure ends the bridge will return to the current three-lane traffic pattern. That means there will be one constant eastbound and one constant westbound lane with a reversible third lane to accommodate rush hour traffic.
Over the next two and a half years there are expected to be other full bridge closures on some weekends and occasional, short full closures of the bridge at night. The US Park Service tentatively plans the next full weekend closure sometime in January 2019.