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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Bridge project means delays on Route 7 at I-395

This overpass is being renovated.
Construction is under way on a project to rehabilitate the bridge on Route 7 over Interstate 395 in Alexandria’s West End.

There will be lane closures on King Street on this schedule:
  • Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 10 p.m.-9 a.m.
  • Saturday night: 10 p.m.-8 a.m.
  • Sunday night: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
There also will be some day and overnight lane closures along the I-395 general purpose lanes and possible overnight lane closures on the 395 Express Lanes at the King Street overpass.

According to VDOT, the $13 million project will extend the life of the bridge and improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. It is scheduled to be completed this summer.

The work includes:
  • Repairing and resurfacing the concrete bridge deck.
  • Repairing bridge piers, abutments, and bearings.
  • Adding pedestrian fences to the bridge railings.
  • Painting steel bridge beams.
  • Repairing the pavement on King Street adjacent to the bridges.
The project also includes these pedestrian improvements:
  • Adding a new westbound King Street pedestrian crossing at 30th Street South.
  • Widening the King Street median sidewalk between 30th Street South and Menokin Drive  and centering the sidewalk in the median.
  • Widening the westbound King Street sidewalk between 30th Street South and Park Center Drive.
  • Upgrading the curb ramps and pedestrian signals at King Street and Park Center Drive and eastbound King Street and Menokin Drive.
  • Upgrading roadway lighting.

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