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Beach Mill Road Bridge Replacement

Widening and lengthening the bridge over Nichols Branch in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
April 2013

Est Completion Date
August 30, 2013

Approx. $1 million

Martins Construction


Northern Virginia

Chan Basnayake, PE, PMP
Dinesh P. Singh

Note: The bridge opened to traffic on Aug. 28, 2013.

About the Project

Beginning June 19, Beach Mill Road will be closed to traffic for the summer so the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) can rebuild the bridge over Nichols Branch in Fairfax County. The new bridge is expected to re-open by the end of August.

This $1 million project was rescheduled from last year so that work could be completed within a summer, to avoid traffic impacts to school buses from the bridge closure and detour.

Plans were underway to replace the original 1940 Beach Mill bridge when it was washed out by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Under an emergency contract, crews installed a temporary double-box culvert that opened to traffic in November 2011.

This summer, the temporary box culvert will be replaced with a new, timber deck structure with more adequate hydraulic capacity to withstand high water during storms. Much community input went into the small, single-span design that stays within current right-of-way, reduces costs and remains consistent with the community's character.

Beach Mill Road carries approximately 1,700 vehicles per day over Nichols Branch.

Progress Update:

As of July 10, 2013, 48.93% of work is complete and this project is on schedule.

The Installation of all H-Steel Piles for Bridge foundations is complete. Formwork and Reinforcement work for the Abutment 'A' & Abutment 'B' foundations are near complete and are preparing for concrete pour on Friday, July 19.


Traffic Impacts

Beach Mill Road detour —The bridge is closed to traffic over the summer and will re-open before the new school year begins. During construction, traffic will be detoured via Springvale Road, Georgetown Pike (Route 193) and Utterback Store Road. See a Google map of the detour route.

Private driveway and local street access on Beach Mill Road between Utterback Road and Springvale Road up to the project site will be maintained.

VDOT will coordinate this work with the Route 7 widening project, so that crews do not impact Georgetown Pike traffic while the Beach Mill detour is in place.

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Great Falls community meeting presentation (Nov. 13, 2012)

Public hearing presentation (View .pps version or .pdf version), brochure, comments and summary of comments (June 27, 2011)
Historic resources information 

Video of District Bridge Engineer Nick Roper commenting on the rebuilt bridge over Nicholas Branch in Fairfax County (Sept. 18, 2013)

State Project: (NFO) 603-029-718, C501, B603
Federal Project: BR-5A01(429)  
UPC: 103781

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