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Backlick Road over CSX Railroad

Bridge replacement to allow for additional CSX Railroad tracks in Fairfax County
Project Photos
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
October 2017

Est Completion Date
New Bridge Open:
December 2018

Final Completion:
Spring 2019

$9.2 million

Shirley Contracting


Northern Virginia

Paul Shaw

Mehrdad Naderi, P.E.

Note: The new bridge opened to traffic Dec. 3.

The temporary access road connecting Backlick Road to the ramp from Telegraph Road (Route 611) to northbound Fairfax County Parkway is now closed.

About the Project

This project, which is part of the Atlantic Gateway improvements, replaced the existing bridge that carries Backlick Road (Route 617) over the CSX Railroad with a slightly higher bridge that accommodates the addition of new rail tracks.

Other improvements include:

  • Wider shared-use path on bridge
  • New pavement on both ends of the bridge
  • New curb and gutter on the southern approach to the bridge
  • Wider entry at the north end of the bridge to provide more room for vehicles, particularly trucks

The bridge is located approximately 300 feet east of the Backlick Road/Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) intersection south of I-95.

Public Information Meeting - January 2017
Design Approval - May 2017
Advertise for Construction - June 2017
Award Construction Contract - September 2017
Begin Construction - October 2017
"Pardon our Dust" Meeting - November 2017
Old Bridge Closed to Traffic - November 2017
New Bridge Open - December 2018
Final Project Completion - Spring 2019

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering - $1.2 million
Construction - $8 million
Total - $9.2 million

Construction Update

December 2018 - The new bridge has opened to traffic.

Typical Section


Temporary Limited Access Break Public Notice (April 2017) 
Public Information Meeting (January 2017)

Programmatic Categorical Exclusion
Stage I Design Report
Traffic Study Report
Traffic Study Appendices

Project Numbers
State: 0617-029-344, P101, C501, B642
UPC: 110156

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