Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
June 11, 2013
VDOT COMPLETES BEULAH ROAD BRIDGE IN VIENNA
Wider bridge now has shoulders and sidewalk
VIENNA, Va.—The Virginia Department of Transportation has completed a $3.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on Beulah Road over the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Access Road (Route 267).
VDOT closed the bridge to traffic for several days in November 2010 when an oversized truck traveling on the Dulles Toll Road struck and badly damaged the structural steel under the bridge. The bridge’s low vertical clearance over the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road had been a recurring problem for many years.
Replacing the bridge was estimated to cost $40 million. To lower the cost VDOT opted to repair the bridge by replacing the span over the eastbound lanes to increase the vertical clearance. The bridge was also widened to provide much needed shoulders and a pedestrian sidewalk.
“For less than 10 percent of the cost for a new bridge, the improved bridge with a sidewalk, shoulders, and better vertical clearance will improve safety and serve the community's needs for many years to come,” said VDOT bridge engineer Nick Roper.
The repairs and widening began in May 2012. The new shoulders and sidewalk connect with existing sidewalks along Beulah Road, and pedestrians and bicyclists will now be able to safely cross the Dulles corridor highways.
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