Arlington National Cemetery Defense Access Roads (DAR) Project

Project Description

To achieve the vision of the Arlington National Cemetery Southern Expansion (ANCSE), this project will realign Columbia Pike, modify the S. Joyce Street Intersection and the Columbia Pike/Washington Boulevard (Route 27) Interchange, and replace Southgate Road with a new segment of S. Nash Street. As part of the realignment, a new location for the Cemetery maintenance compound will be added to the south of Columbia Pike. The project also will improve multimodal capacity and safety by adding pedestrian and bicycle facilities as well as street lighting. There will be no residential relocations as a result of this project. The DAR project will result in a change of limited access control for Route 27 along the north side of the interchange and along the north side of Route 27. The limited access line will be adjusted from north and west of the interchange along Route 27 and I-395 to the VDOT maintenance facility property line. This Limited Access Control Change (LACC) will be presented and discussed at this public hearing. This project has been the subject of an Environmental Assessment in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December 2019.

  • The goals of the interchange modification include:
  • To improve safety and security
  • To allow for more contiguous land for Arlington National Cemetery expansion
  • To improve traffic and transit operations at signalized intersections
  • To provide for more efficient pedestrian and bicycle access along Columbia Pike and through its interchange with Washington Boulevard
  • To improve multimodal access to regional destinations, and maintain consistency with the Arlington County Master Transportation Plan, the Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements Project, ANC expansion plans, and Pentagon 9/11 Memorial plans

Key Project Dates

Advertisement and Award Letter: Fall 2020
Construction: Spring 2021 – Summer 2025

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Project Details
Project # VA ST ANC(1)
Project Name Arlington National Cemetery Defense Access Roads (DAR) Project
Location Arlington County, Virginia
FLMA or Partner(s): Department of the Army (Arlington National Cemetery), Virginia Department of Transportation, Arlington County, Virginia
Status In Development

Contact Information

Project Manager:Thomas Shifflett and Eden Jemal
Phone:(703)-404-6323 and (703) 948-1405
Email: and

Federal Highway Administration
Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
21400 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, Virginia 20166