Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Nov. 15, 2011

Worst wash-out from Tropical Storm Lee

SPRINGFIELD — By 4 p.m. today, the Virginia Department of Transportation will re-open Hillside Road in Springfield, which washed away during the Sept. 8 tropical storm. 

Of the 15 roads in Fairfax County that were seriously damaged, Hillside Road was the worst.

The storm washed out a section of Hillside Road that was 50 feet long and 20 feet deep; destroyed a 90-foot section of 72-inch corrugated metal culvert; and undercut the abutment of the adjacent pedestrian bridge owned by Fairfax County.

VDOT’s construction team stabilized the area to prevent additional damage, cleaned up the old pipe and other debris from the Fairfax County Park Authority property downstream, lifted the pedestrian bridge out of the way of construction, installed a new 84-inch metal pipe with concrete headwalls, demolished and replaced the damaged pedestrian bridge abutment, replaced the roadway embankment that had washed away, reset the pedestrian bridge, repaved the roadway, and installed new guardrail.

“Without the exceptional cooperation we received from Fairfax County and the various utility companies that had to move and repair their utility lines, we could not have met our schedule,” said VDOT engineer Larry Tomlinson, who managed the repair project.  


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