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Backlick Road over CSX Railroad

Bridge replacement to allow for additional CSX Railroad tracks in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Fall 2017

Est Completion Date
Spring 2019

Construction contract awarded

$9.5 million

Shirley Contracting Company


Northern Virginia

Paul "Matt" Shaw
Mehrdad Naderi, P.E.

Note: The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the construction contract to Shirley Contracting Company Sept. 20.

About the Project

This project, which is part of the Atlantic Gateway improvements, will replace the existing bridge that carries Backlick Road (Route 617) over the CSX Railroad with a slightly higher bridge that accommodates the addition of new rail tracks.

Other improvements include:

  • Wider shared-use path on bridge
  • New pavement on both ends of the bridge
  • New curb and gutter on the southern approach to the bridge
  • Wider entry at the north end of the bridge to provide more room for vehicles, particularly trucks

The bridge is located approximately 300 feet east of the Backlick Road/Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) intersection south of I-95.

Public information meeting - January 2017
Design approval - May 2017
Advertise for construction - June 2017
Begin construction - Fall 2017
Estimated completion - Spring 2019

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering - $1.4 million
Existing utility adjustment/relocation - $50,000
Construction - $8.1 million
Total - $9.5 million

Typical Section


Temporary limited access break public notice (April 2017) 
Public information meeting (Jan. 2017)

Programmatic Categorical Exclusion
Stage I design report
Traffic study report
Traffic study appendices

Project Numbers
UPC: 110156
State: 0617-029-344, P101, C501, B642

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