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Route 29 over Little Rocky Run

Bridge replacement in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
January 2014

Est Completion Date
October 2015

$17.3 million

Shirley Contracting Company


Northern Virginia

Seth Bourne,
Shirley Contracting
Design-Build Manager
703-668-0288 ex.17
Jay Babra,
VDOT Construction Manager

About the Project

This project will replace the structurally deficient Lee Highway (Route 29) bridge over Little Rocky Run and widen it to three lanes in each direction. It includes a ten-foot trail on the south side of the bridge, and a five-foot sidewalk to the north.

The current bridge was built in 1932, and is in overall poor condition. The current sufficiency rating for the existing bridge is 20.9 on a scale of 0 (poor) to 100 (very good). The sufficiency ratings developed by the Federal Highway Administration serve as a prioritization tool to allocate funds. The rating considers adequacy, whether the bridge is functionally obsolete, and the service level provided to the public.

The Route 29 bridge carries approximately 36,000 vehicles per day.

Traffic Impacts

During construction, drivers can expect some off-peak lane closures and traffic shifts from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; and overnight on weekends as crews replace the bridge. All work is weather permitting.

By mid April 2014, there will be a slight traffic shift towards the median on Northbound Route 29 to make room for construction of the new Northbound bridge.

Construction Updates

Clearing and grubbing work is complete.  Erosion and control measures have been installed.

The 24” watermain relocation for Fairfax County is in progress on the south side of the project along Northbound Route 29. This watermain work is being done to make room for the new bridge over the Little Rocky Run in order to widen the existing Route 29 from four to six lanes. The 24’’ watermain is slated for completion in early April.


Cost and Schedule

Estimated project cost:
Total cost: $17.3 million
Engineering of roadway plans: $1.4 million
Right of way acquisition, relocation assistance and utility relocation: $5.3 million
Construction: $11.4 million

This project will be financed using federal funds.

Anticipated schedule:
Public hearing – held June 2011
Right of way and utility relocation – Ongoing 2013
Begin construction – January 2014
Substantial Completion – August 28, 2015
Final Completion – October 22, 2015


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Pardon Our Dust Meeting flyer (Oct. 2013)

UPC: 77322  
State Project: 0029-029-128 P101, R201, C501, B608
Federal Project: BR-5401(896)

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