Van Buren Bridge

Construction Status


Construction for Van Buren Bridge will begin early October 2017 through Spring of 2018. Scope includes bridge expansion and replacement as well as necessary work to connect local trails.

Bridge access will be closed for the duration of construction, and marked detour signs will be posted for vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. There will be access for local residents only.

For more information, please refer to this letter to residents

Project Location and Detours


Van Buren Bridge Detour Map

N. Van Buren St. will be closed to traffic between 19th St. N in Arlington County and E. Columbia St. 

Northbound vehicular traffic will be routed down E Columbia St. to N Roosevelt St. and 19th St. N. Southbound vehicular traffic will be routed down 19th St. N to N Sycamore St. and 16th St.

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured along an existing bridge on the W&OD Trail within Benjamin Banneker Park.


Project Scope


The Van Buren Bridge project will replace the existing Van Buren Bridge to accommodate pedestrians along this corridor to the East Falls Church Metro. The current bridge has no pedestrian access and has been identified as “structurally deficient” during its annual inspection. The new bridge will accommodate two lanes of vehicular traffic and have a 12' pedestrian walkway on the downstream side.

This project is funded through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, State of Good Repair, and the Virginia Department of Transportation's Revenue Sharing program. 


Photo of Existing Bridge
VB Bridge

Design Images for Future Van Buren Bridge

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For more information about this project, please contact James Mak at 703-248-5105 (TTY 711).