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VDOT Says Arlington Bridge Is Sound

We've provided another poster bridge for a national infrastructure program.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says its inspection today found that the Glebe Road bridge over Route 50 is structurally sound. This morning, loose concrete from the underside of the bridge fell onto Route 50 this morning, creating lengthy traffic delays. See story by Michael Laris.

Water had seeped through deteriorated concrete at the bridge's sidewalk, VDOT said. That caused the concrete to crumble on the underside. Maintenance crews will fix the drainage problem.

The bridge is in VDOT's Six-Year Plan to be replaced and widened. The $14 million project is scheduled to be advertised for construction in 2012, but the Six-Year Plan has taken plenty of hits as the recession develops.

About 35,000 vehicles a day travel on the Glebe Road bridge. It had been inspected every two years, most recently last month. Now, engineers will now monitor it more frequently, said Nick Roper, VDOT's bridge engineer in Northern Virginia.

"The concrete that fell contributes little to structural capacity," Roper said in a statement this afternoon. "The deteriorated area can be repaired and there should not be any long-term disruption to service on Glebe Road or on Route 50."

Shortly before 4 a.m., Arlington County Police had reported that chunks of concrete were crumbling underneath the northbound side of Glebe Road onto westbound Route 50. Lanes were closed on both Glebe Road and Route 50 until 11 a.m. VDOT said crews also removed about 100 pounds of loose concrete from the underside of the bridge.

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By Robert Thomson  |  March 5, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  Driving , Safety  
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