The construction aims to smooth car and bike travel through the maze of Boundary Channel Drive

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If your travels have taken you anywhere near the Pentagon, you’ve seen freeway signs pointing to Boundary Channel Drive — and construction to make the current maze of trefoil crossings easier and safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to begin Wednesday.

If your travels have taken you anywhere near the Pentagon in Virginia, you’ve seen freeway signs for Boundary Channel Drive — and construction to make the current maze of trefoil crossings easier and safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to begin Wednesday.

A morning groundbreaking for the Boundary Channel Drive at the I-395 Interchange Improvement Project aims to reduce vehicle congestion on on- and off-ramp ramps and improve opportunities for non-auto travel in the area, which is within walking distance City is located to the new Amazon HQ2 and Pentagon.



The project’s location on Boundary Channel Drive and I-395, just east of the Pentagon. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of the VDOT)

The current ramps that dump drivers onto Boundary Channel Drive will be replaced with roundabouts on either side of Interstate 395. The road itself – Boundary Channel Drive – will be reduced from four to two lanes.

Sidewalks in the area will be improved, a shared use trail will be built along the west side and merged with the Mount Vernon Trail within the National Park Service property.

West of I-395, Boundary Channel Drive passes the Pentagon Lagoon Yacht Basin and follows the Boundary Channel, providing access to the larger Washington Boulevard, also known as Virginia Route 27, and Virginia Route 110, also known as the Richmond Freeway.

The regional project, coordinated by the Virginia Department of Transportation with Arlington County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, is expected to be complete in late 2023.

NVTA, which focuses on regional commuter projects, invested more than $4.3 million to fund the project.

Pending completion, some of the existing on and off ramps to I-395 will be closed and removed.

The groundbreaking will be at the Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center on Long Bridge Drive, just east of I-395. The east roundabout connects Long Bridge Drive with Boundary Channel Drive.

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