Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
March 18, 2010
RELIEF FROM FLOODING AT ROUTE 1 AND NEABSCO CREEK
VDOT, state and local officials cut ribbon on higher, wider bridge in Prince William County
Before and After: Route 1 had been prone to flooding from Neabsco Creek (left). The new bridge (right) is seven feet
higher, as well as wider to accommodate future improvements and bicycle/pedestrian lanes.
CHANTILLY – Drivers no longer have to worry about regular flooding along a stretch of one of the busiest corridors in the region, thanks to a newly rebuilt Route 1 bridge over Neabsco Creek in Prince William County. Virginia Department of Transportation, state and local leaders gathered today to cut the ribbon on the $18 million project, done on-budget and more than six months ahead of schedule.
“Over the years, this bridge has been prone to flooding from Neabsco Creek during heavy rains,” said John Lynch, P.E., VDOT’s district construction engineer for northern Virginia. “It was vital that we restore and improve the crossing to keep Route 1—a critical alternative to Interstate 95—open and functioning during inclement weather. This higher bridge will protect this portion of road from the routine flooding we have seen in the past.”
The bridge was demolished and rebuilt about seven feet higher than the previous crossing. It was also widened from four to six lanes to accommodate future improvements to Route 1 as well as bicycle and pedestrian lanes along the corridor. A detour road was constructed parallel to Route 1 so the existing bridge could be removed and reconstructed, and so that motorists could keep two lanes in each direction throughout the project.
Originally slated for completion in June 2010, crews finished major reconstruction and paving to open the bridge to motorists by Christmas last year, more than six months early. Crews have completed detail work over the last several months.
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