Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
May 9, 2014
TOWLSTON ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT COMING
Closure for utility work May 19-21; Summer-long closure starts June 25
GREAT FALLS—The Virginia Department of Transportation will close a portion of Towlston Road this summer to rebuild the bridge over Rocky Run while Fairfax County schools are on summer break. Crews will close the road to through traffic June 25 and open the new bridge in late August.
Plans were underway to replace the original 1949 bridge when it was washed out by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Under an emergency contract, crews built five steel pipe culverts as a temporary structure to re-open the road to traffic as soon as possible. The current crossing is sound but does not have the hydraulic capacity to handle high water during storms.
The project also features:
- Additional two feet of shoulder on each side
- Aesthetic treatments on railings and abutments
- Stream restoration to stabilize Rocky Run and guide creek through the restored opening
- Overhead and underground utility coordination
Utility work May 19-21 – In preparation for the bridge project, the road will be closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19-21 for Virginia Dominion Power to complete utility work. Through traffic will be detoured via Old Dominion Drive and Georgetown Pike.
Summer-long detour starts June 25 – During the summer construction, through traffic will use the same detour.
The $1 million project is being completed by Shirley Contracting Company.
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