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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
Opened to traffic on August 28, 2013

Approx. $1.2 million

Martins Construction


Northern Virginia

Dinesh P. Singh
Construction Manager
Chan Basnayake, PE, PMP
Area Construction Engineer

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

About the Project

The approximately $1.2 million project was rescheduled 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.

The temporary box culvert was 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.




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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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