Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 31, 2011
LEIGH MILL BRIDGE RE-OPENS TO TRAFFIC
GREAT FALLS – The Leigh Mill Road bridge, closed to traffic since last July, re-opened to traffic today, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Crews will continue to complete a few punch list items as weather allows.
Drivers are reminded that the bridge is still one lane, and users should continue to yield to oncoming traffic at both approaches.
The new bridge is the same length, elevation and alignment, but is 15 feet wide rather than 13 feet to more safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The new deck, posts, rails, and curbs were constructed with a laminated wood product that is bonded with strong, waterproof adhesives. The new bridge is safer, stronger, will last longer and has a natural appearance.
The bridge had been closed to traffic since July 2010, and was originally set to re-open by Labor Day. In August, VDOT engineers determined that the bridge abutments and wing walls were in worse condition than previous inspections revealed, and the entire substructure would have to be demolished and replaced. In November VDOT announced that the bridge opening would be delayed until Jan. 31, 2011.
About a thousand vehicles a day use the bridge.
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