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Portion of Columbia Pike to be closed due to construction

The closure will begin Jan. 23 as part of the project to expand Arlington National Cemetary's Southern Expansion project.

ARLINGTON, Va. — A portion of VA-244 Columbia Pike is now closed due to the Southern Expansion project of Arlington National Cemetery. 

The eastern portion of Columbia Pike is expected to remain closed until the summer of 2024, however, officials say that detours will allow cars, bicycles and pedestrians to access the area. Eastbound traffic will be rerouted to South Nash Street to then further access back onto the intersections of Columbia Pike, South Joyce Street and Southgate Road.

Officials add that Westbound traffic on Columbia pike will turn onto Southgate Road where it intersects with Columbia pike and South Joyce street. Drivers will then be able to access Columbia Pike westbound after turning left onto South Nash Street. 

Northbound traffic from South Joyce Street can continue onto Southgate Road where it intersects with Columbia Pike and South Joyce Street. Drivers can access Columbia pike after turning left onto South Nash Street, according to officials.

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In addition to this road closure, the Air Force Memorial's main entrance will be closed, however, a temporary access road will be made available. Visitors can access the memorial off of Southgate Road between South Oak Street and South Joyce Street.

“This closure is necessary to straighten the road to make room for more contiguous land in the new southern portion of the cemetery,” said ANC Director of Engineering Col. Thomas Austin. “We understand the level of inconvenience and disruption this construction causes to the residents who live along Columbia Pike and those who travel it every day. We are doing what we can to minimize those impacts and keep the community informed.”    

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