A portion of Columbia Pike will be closed for construction projects at Arlington National Cemetery beginning Monday, according to a release.
The Arlington National Cemetery Southern Expansion Project will help reorganize the Columbia Pike and create more than 80,000 parcels to honor the service of future veterans, according to a release from Arlington National Cemetery.
The Columbia Pike will be closed between Virginia Department of Transportation facilities on South Joyce Street and South Oak Street, the release said.
“While we understand that this closure will affect many in the Arlington community, we look forward to the infrastructure improvements it will bring to those driving, biking and walking at what will soon be the south entrance to the cemetery. I am,” said Arlington. National Cemetery Administrator Charles Alexander said:
This area will remain detour accessible for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Depending on the direction of the entrance, people will be rerouted to South Nash Street, Southgate Road or South Joyce Street.
The main entrance to the Air Force Memorial on the Columbia Pike will also be closed, but will remain open during construction. According to the release, it will be temporarily accessible from Southgate Road.
Construction on the expansion project will begin in 2021 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.