VDOT bridge to get a name

This photo from the Virginia Department of Transportation shows work on the Route 27 bridge over Route 110 in Arlington. Arlington County Board members are asking that the bridge be named in honor of county military veterans.

Arlington County Board members will ask the Commonwealth Transportation Board to name a rebuilt bridge near the Pentagon as “Arlington Veterans Bridge.”

Board members voted 5-0 on July 17 to make the request, ratifying a proposal by the county government’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is spending about $31.5 million to rehabilitate the Route 27 bridge over Route 110, and sought input from Arlington on whether the rebuilt structure should have a name. A final decision rests with the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

“My colleagues and I are very supportive,” County Board Chairman Katie Cristol said.

The county government will need to absorb the anticipated $15,400 cost to place highway signage and plaques denoting the name.

The original bridge dates to 1941, when the Pentagon and its vast roadway network were under construction. The redevelopment project widens the bridge’s footprint, allowing for a new path to be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Completion of the project is slated for later this year.

According to VDOT officials, about 50,000 vehicles per day use that stretch of Route 27 and about 42,000 use Route 110.

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