Southgate Avenue Traffic Pattern Changes to Begin on April 4


Beginning April 4, 2022, a traffic pattern shift will be implemented along Southgate Road between S. Joyce Street and Ode Street, in accordance with the Arlington National Cemetery Defense Access Roads project’s Maintenance of Traffic plans.

The shift involves moving current westbound traffic on Southgate Road to the eastbound side, where traffic will be two-directional (one lane going westbound and one lane eastbound). The shift will begin just west of S. Joyce Street and end at Ode Street. The installation of temporary striping, signage and barrels will delineate the new traffic pattern, and concrete barriers will be installed to separate pedestrians from vehicles and the new work zone on the westbound side of Southgate Road. 

This traffic configuration will be implemented during the weeks of April 4 and 11. Traffic will be managed via flagging and temporary lane closures as needed to provide safe access for the traveling public during the traffic switch. The project anticipates that this traffic configuration will remain in place for approximately three months.

This project will realign Columbia Pike from east of S. Oak Street to Washington Boulevard; modify the S. Joyce Street intersection and the Columbia Pike/Washington Boulevard (Route 27) interchange; remove a segment of Southgate Road; and build a new S. Nash Street. The project will also include a new multi-use trail adjacent to the cemetery, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and a tunnel between the cemetery and its new maintenance compound. Construction began in late 2021, and the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2025.