Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 20, 2011
LEIGH MILL BRIDGE RE-OPENS JAN. 27
Safer, stronger bridge ready for traffic
GREAT FALLS – Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will re-open the one-lane bridge on Leigh Mill Road in Great Falls by noon on Jan. 27.
Provided there are no weather delays, VDOT will conduct a final walk through of the bridge on Jan. 25, complete punch list items the following day and open the bridge to traffic by noon Thursday.
The bridge has been closed to traffic since July 12. 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. In November VDOT announced that the bridge opening would be delayed until Jan. 31.
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.
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