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N. Henry and Pendleton intersection (photo via Google Maps)

Drivers traveling near Shirlington and North Ridge or the Braddock neighborhood this weekend might want to plan ahead for some upcoming lane closures.

The first one is a planned lane closure on the Shirlington Circle south rotary bridge over I-395 — connecting Arlington and Alexandria.

“Weather permitting, the right lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, April 19 to noon Saturday, April 20 on the bridge that connects the southbound I-395 collector-distributor lanes and southbound Shirlington Road to North Quaker Lane at the I-395 Exit 6 interchange,” VDOT said in a release.

The closure is part of a project to rehabilitate the bridge and extend its life. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2025.

The second closure is on the 500 block of N. Henry Street in the Braddock neighborhood.

According to a release:

On Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the 500 block of N. Henry Street will be reduced to a single lane between Pendleton Street and Oronoco Street due to construction activity. The Crane Service Company will be placing a crane in the roadway to hoist a new HVAC on the rooftop of 525 N. Fayette Street. The operation, which is expected to take 4 hours, requires the shutdown of two of the three lanes on N. Henry Street and a portion of the sidewalk. Merge traffic signs and parking restrictions will be posted around the area during work hours.

Photo via Google Maps

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The Woodrow Wilson Bridge at sunset (Staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Late-night travelers might want to find an alternative route to Maryland on Thursday: the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is having an opening on Feb. 8.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said the bridge is scheduled to undergo routine maintenance.

According to a release:

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will perform routine maintenance on the I-95/I-495 bridge over the Potomac River (Woodrow Wilson Bridge) in Prince George’s County beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, February 8. The work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Friday… weather permitting.

The release noted that the maintenance period will include brief, periodic openings of the bridge, resulting in full temporary stops in both directions.

“These stops are expected to be 15 to 20 minutes in length and will occur several times overnight,” the release said. “This routine maintenance is necessary for the safe and reliable operation of the drawbridge.”

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The Woodrow Wilson Bridge at sunset (Staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Those crossing between Virginia and Maryland tomorrow night may want to avoid the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

According to a traffic advisory, the bridge will be opening for maintenance multiple times tomorrow night (Thursday), starting at 11 p.m.

The openings are scheduled to conclude around 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, so with any luck the morning rush hour won’t be affected.

“Please use caution in the area and expect delays,” the advisory said.

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Updated at 7:45 p.m. —  The 1800 block of Mount Vernon Avenue has reopened after small sinkhole was discovered Thursday night.

The Alexandria Police Department shut down Mount Vernon Avenue between Duncan Avenue and E.Bellefonte Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. to await a representative from the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

As of 7:45 p.m., the roadway reopened and the sinkhole was covered by traffic cones.

Map via Google Maps

Metro work vehicle struck on Oronoco Street at N Henry Street (staff photo by James Cullum)

It’s been a rough week for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and to top things off: someone hit a Metro work vehicle in the Braddock neighborhood this afternoon.

The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Oronoco Street near the intersection with N Henry Street.

There were no injuries in the crash and Oronoco Street was not closed, though the lane closure did cause a significant backup — though at least this time WMATA isn’t to blame for the delay.

James Cullum contributed to this story

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There are major traffic delays leading up to Interstates 495 and 395 in Alexandria, as a trucker convoy protesting COVID-19 mandates has entered D.C. and created miles of backups.

Traffic snaked all the way down to Jefferson Manor, just south of Huntington, which is about a half-mile from the interstate.

The convoy drove through the area last week without incident.


Late night/early morning drivers planning to cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge tonight might want to plan an alternate route.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said on Twitter that bridge openings are planned for 11 p.m.-4 a.m. tonight (Tuesday) through Wednesday morning.

While the bridge can sometimes open for interesting ship traffic, tonight’s opening is for routine testing.


Expect traffic around the Duke Street exit on northbound Interstate 395, after a crash occurred at around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday (August 10).

The crash involved a black SUV and a tow truck, according to officials.

The front airbags of the SUV deployed, and the driver of the SUV reportedly complained of neck pain after the crash, although she was not taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Virginia State Police are handling the incident and the two vehicles have been pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway.

via Google Maps


(Updated 1:25 p.m.) Southbound drivers on Beauregard Street were forced to find a detour around noon today (Friday) after a burning garbage truck closed southbound lanes at the intersection with Roanoke Avenue.

The southbound lanes were closed at the intersection. Southbound lanes reopened around 1:25 p.m.

Garbage truck fires are known to happen, but AFD Senior Public Information Officer Raytevia Evans said it’s still a pretty uncommon occurrence.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story. Map via Google Maps


(Updated at 2:50 p.m.) Traffic is reopening as Alexandria Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of S. Patrick (Route 1) and Franklin Streets in Old Town on Tuesday morning (May 4).

Two of the drivers were injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the third driver left his car at the scene and ran away on foot, according to police.

A suspect description was not available.

The crash briefly shut down Franklin Street and one northbound lane of S. Patrick Street to traffic. At around 9:15 a.m., the three cars were towed away.

Map via Google Maps


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