Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Nov. 4, 2010
LEIGH MILL BRIDGE WORK RESUMES
Bridge will re-open no later than Jan. 31
CHANTILLY – Work to replace the one-lane bridge on Leigh Mill Road in Great Falls has resumed and the bridge will re-open to traffic no later than January 31, 2011, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The bridge has been closed to traffic since July 12.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused residents and will get the bridge re-opened by January 31, if not before,” said Helen Cuervo, VDOT assistant engineer for construction. “Providing the weather cooperates we hope to keep construction ahead of schedule.”
The bridge was originally set to re-open by Labor Day; however, in August VDOT engineers determined that the bridge abutments and wing walls were in worse condition than previous inspections revealed, and the entire substructure would have to be demolished and replaced. The substructure redesign is now complete and the contractor resumed work October 21.
The new bridge will be the same length, elevation and alignment as the existing bridge, but will be 15 feet wide rather than 13 feet to more safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The new deck, posts, rails, and curbs will be constructed with a laminated wood product that is bonded with strong, waterproof adhesives. When finished, the new bridge will be safer, stronger, last longer and have a natural appearance.
About a thousand vehicles a day use the bridge.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.