Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Aug. 30, 2012


Chesterbrook Bridge before and after

Old Chesterbrook Road bridge before (left), and recently completed (right).

MCLEAN ― The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to re-open the Old Chesterbrook Road bridge over Pimmit Run in McLean this afternoon, Aug. 31. In a little over two months, crews replaced the worn timber decking and steel beams with a more durable concrete superstructure, to re-open the road in time for the new school year.

Edge-to-edge, the new bridge is a few feet wider, and it continues to carry two lanes of traffic and a sidewalk. The road alignment and elevation were slightly improved to match the bridge.

The work also included new approach sidewalks on the north side of Old Chesterbrook Road, a pedestrian crossing, and connection to the Pimmit Run walking trail.

The old bridge, built in 1978, had been structurally deficient for several years. In January 2012, inspections revealed advanced deterioration of the structural steel that downgraded the bridge’s condition rating and reduced the load-carrying capacity limit to 20 tons. The project was accelerated and approved for emergency procurement to replace the deteriorated elements and restore full-load capacity as soon as possible.

Crews will finish some remaining work through the fall, mostly outside of the roadway. Some daytime lane closures will be needed. The entire project will be complete in November 2012 and cost about $1 million. Fort Myer Construction Company is the contractor.

See VDOT’s project page for more details.

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