Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Nov. 17, 2010
BEULAH ROAD BRIDGE OVER DULLES TOLL ROAD REMAINS CLOSED
CHANTILLY – The Beulah Road bridge over the Dulles Toll Road will remain closed until a structural assessment on the stability of the bridge is completed, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced today. VDOT closed the bridge yesterday after it was hit by a flatbed truck hauling a backhoe on the Dulles Toll Road.
VDOT bridge engineers inspected the bridge today to assess the damage and determine what repairs are necessary. VDOT traffic engineers are working on a detour plan and also preparing a plan to allow restricted one-way traffic over the damaged span if bridge engineers determine that the bridge is capable of safely carrying a single lane.
“We are hoping to open one travel lane on the bridge if we determine it is safe to do so,” said VDOT bridge engineer Nicholas Roper. “Right now it is unclear as to when that will be. We will keep motorists and the community updated.”
Motorists can use Route 7 to Towlston Road and Trapp Road back to Beulah Road as an alternate route. Message signs have been posted alerting motorists to the closure.
Beulah Road carries about 8,000 vehicles a day.
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