Pedestrians & Bicyclists

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Detours starting October 15, 2018

 
Four people on two bicycles on Arlington Memorial Bridge circa June 30, 1937.
John Kleinnheksel, and Dave Matthews, scouts from Flint, Michigan riding across Arlington Memorial Bridge with unnamed passengers on June 30, 1937.

Library of Congress/Harris & Ewing Photograph Collection

Intermittent closures for pedestrians and bicyclists

Pedestrians and bicyclists should watch for workers moving materials on bridge sidewalks. Keep reading to learn about how Arlington Memorial Bridge's sidewalks will change starting in mid-October 2018.
 

Mount Vernon Trail


You may have noticed the new fence along the Mount Vernon Trail just south of Arlington Memorial Bridge. This is a staging area for materials and equipment the National Park Service will use for our rehabilitation of the bridge.

You should expect intermittent temporary closures on the trail as workers move heavy equipment in to the staging area. You should also expect traffic entering and exiting the George Washington Memorial Parkway over the trail. We do not anticipate closures to move equipment lasting longer than about 15 minutes. Traffic may affect the trail until the project is done in early 2021.
 
Pedestrians and bicyclists can detour using the north sidewalk on Arlington Memorial Bridge
Pedestrian and bicycle detour routes across Arlington Memorial Bridge.

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What's next?

Beginning in fall 2018 and continuing until early 2021, pedestrians and bicyclists will have to detour around a closed sidewalk on Arlington Memorial Bridge. The westbound sidewalk will close first from fall 2018 until fall 2019. During that time, you can follow the detour routes listed below.

Going from Arlington, VA, to Washington, DC

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to access the bridge sidewalk from Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon Trail, or the Metro by:
  • Using the temporary pedestrian crosswalk at the western end of Memorial Circle to walk north
  • Heading east over the pedestrian crosswalk across Arlington Boulevard
  • Continuing east along the open sidewalk on Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Heading northeast across the pedestrian crosswalk across Parkway Drive NW
  • Heading east to the pedestrian crosswalk over 23rd Street NW
  • Continuing south to the pedestrian crosswalk over Lincoln Memorial Circle NW.
At this point, pedestrians and bicyclists are able to access the National Mall and Downtown Washington, DC

Going from Washington, DC, to Arlington, VA

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to access the sidewalk from the National Mall and Downtown DC by:
  • Heading north along either side of Lincoln Memorial Circle NW and crossing the road at the crosswalk between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW.
  • Heading west to the pedestrian crosswalk over 23rd Street NW
  • Heading southwest across the pedestrian crosswalk over Parkway Drive NW
  • Continuing west along the open sidewalk on Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Heading west over the pedestrian crosswalk across Arlington Boulevard
  • Using the temporary pedestrian crosswalk at the western end of Memorial Circle
At this point, pedestrians and bicyclists can access Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon Trail, or the Metro.

Last updated: October 11, 2018

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700 George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101

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