VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Ellen Kamilakis


Dec. 12, 2019

Kirby Road Reopens in McLean
Extensive road and bridge reconstruction after July 8 floods

Kirby Road, before and afterMCLEAN – Kirby Road, along Little Pimmit Run and across Pimmit Run in McLean, the road most heavily-damaged by flooding earlier this summer, reopened to through traffic last night, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Landscaping and other detail work will be completed over the next few weeks during normal work zone hours, weather permitting.

Martins Construction Corporation was awarded a $2.1 million emergency contract to rebuild hundreds of feet of the road and reconstruct the bridge over Pimmit Run. The work included:

  • Relocation of Little Pimmit Run to its previous stream alignment in compliance with federal/state permitting agencies
  • Rebuilding the washed-out section of Kirby Road with concrete and rip rap
  • Reconstruction of the bridge over Pimmit Run with work on the abutments, wing walls, parapets, bridge deck, and approaches.

The reconstruction of the road portion of Kirby Road was completed on Nov. 14. Crews originally worked throughout the night on July 8 to clear debris and temporarily patch the Kirby Road bridge so landlocked residents could have access to and from their homes.

As many as 20 roads in Fairfax County were closed due to heavy rains on July 8, and extensive repairs were made to twelve McLean-area roads in the days following. VDOT structure and bridge crews completely reconstructed the Swinks Mill Road bridge deck and made extensive repairs to the substructure as well as approaching roadway. Swinks Mill Road was reopened on Oct. 18.


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