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Backlick Road over CSX Railroad

Bridge replacement to allow for additional CSX Railroad tracks in Fairfax County

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Project Photos
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
October 2017

Est Completion Date
Bridge Reopening:
Winter 2018/19

Final Completion:
Spring 2019

$9.5 million

Shirley Contracting


Northern Virginia

Paul Shaw

Mehrdad Naderi, P.E.

Note: The bridge is closed until winter 2018/19.

About the Project

This project, which is part of the Atlantic Gateway improvements, is replacing 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
Bridge Closed to Traffic - November 2017
Bridge Reopening - Winter 2018/19
Final Completion - Spring 2019

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering - $1.4 million
Existing Utility Adjustment/Relocation - $50,000
Construction - $8.1 million
Total - $9.5 million

Construction Update

October 2018 - The new steel beams are in place. Concrete is scheduled to be placed on the bridge deck in late fall.

Traffic Impacts

The bridge is closed to all traffic until winter 2018/19.

Traffic is being detoured (see detour map on right) via Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286), Loisdale Road, Newington Road and Cinder Bed Road back to Backlick Road.

During the bridge closure, there is also a temporary access road open to all traffic connecting Backlick Road to the ramp from Telegraph Road (Route 611) to northbound Fairfax County Parkway. Drivers can access Backlick Road from the ramp, and vice versa.

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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