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Walney Road Widening and Bridge Replacement

Near Willard Road in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
December 2014

Est Completion Date
December 2015

$14.8 million

Allan Myers


Northern Virginia

Arif Rahman, P.E.
Project Manager
Paul Knighton, CCM
Construction Manager
Shirlene Cleveland, P.E.
Program Manager for Design Build projects

Construction Update

The Walney Road detour from Westfields Blvd. to Mariah Court implemented in mid-April 2015 was removed September 1, 2015.

The roadway is open to one lane of vehicular traffic in each direction while construction on the project continues. Please pay attention to shifting lanes over the coming months. Access to all adjacent properties will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. All private and commercial entrances within the project limits will remain open for the duration of the project.

Many thanks to the local community for the patience extended through the closure. The detour allowed for the bridge replacement to be expedited safely and efficiently. The former bridge structure was removed, a new, wider bridge was constructed, utilities were relocated, a new water main was installed, Walney Road was upgraded from two lanes to four, new pedestrian walkways were installed on both sides of the roadway, and the existing trail from Westfield through the park was improved.

Much work remains until the project is completed in December 2015. This work includes: the completion of the new lanes, installation of the bridge walls and railings, final pavement markings, final details to open the new sidewalks, seeding and lighting installation.

*Please check back for any changes to this schedule. This page will be updated periodically to share Walney Road construction news.

About the Project

This project is widening Walney Road from two to four lanes near Willard Road to help relieve congestion by eliminating a bottleneck at this location and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 

The project is also replacing and widening the 85-foot-long Walney Road bridge over Flatlick Branch in Fairfax County. Walney Road will keep two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, and is being widened to include five-foot bike lanes on both the north and southbound lanes, as well as a sidewalk on the west side and a shared-use path on the east side.

The old Walney Road bridge was built in 1980 and was functionally obsolete when the project began. The road carries more than 21,000 vehicles a day.

Estimated Costs

Preliminary Engineering: $200,000
Right of Way: $1.1 million
Construction: $13.6 million

Total: $14.8 million

Categorical Exclusion

A Categorical Exclusion (CE), National Environmental Policy Act document, has been prepared to evaluate the environmental impacts of replacing and widening the 85-foot-long Walney Road bridge over Flatlick Branch in Fairfax County.

The CE is available for your review and comment at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office located at 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030. Please call ahead at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or TTTY/TD 711 to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions.

The proposed bridge plans, CE and Documentation of FHWA Review can be viewed below under "Resources."



"Pardon Our Dust" Meeting presentation (Dec. 1, 2014)

Project layout and detour

Project plans and typical sections

Public information meeting presentation (June 7, 2012)

Renderings of new bridge

Categorical Exclusion (CE) 

Documentation of FHWA Review


State Proj. Number: 0657-029-099, P101, R201, C501, B641

UPC: 104103

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