Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 24, 2011
UPDATE: LEIGH MILL BRIDGE RE-OPENS JAN. 31
Cold weather delays re-opening
GREAT FALLS – Extremely cold temperatures and the threat of precipitation this week will delay the opening of the Leigh Mill Bridge until noon on Monday, Jan. 31, the Virginia Department of Transportation said today.
VDOT had planned to re-open the bridge on Jan. 27 if weather conditions permitted. Message signs will be in place later this week alerting motorists to the opening date.
The bridge has been closed to traffic since July 12. The bridge was originally set to re-open by Labor Day; however, 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.
The new bridge will be the same length, elevation and alignment as the existing bridge, but will be 15 feet wide rather than 13 feet to more safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The new deck, posts, rails, and curbs will be constructed with a laminated wood product that is bonded with strong, waterproof adhesives. When finished, the new bridge will be safer, stronger, last longer and have a natural appearance.
About a thousand vehicles a day use the bridge.
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