A week removed from Tropical Storm Leeâ€™s flood waters, reconstruction plans are in full swing for the three bridges and four roads in northern Virginia that remain closed, all of which require extensive repairs. At least another eight roads, while open, also need long-term fixes, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Up to 100 roads were flooded, damaged or closed in northern Virginia during the Sept. 8 storm, and VDOT crews spent the days following removing debris, patching potholes, and making repairs to open many of the roadways. At the same time, work began to secure emergency contracts for the most damaged bridges and roadways, all in Fairfax County. The total estimated damage to roads and bridges in northern Virginia is likely more than $10 million.
â€œWork is either already under way or will begin shortly on roads requiring reconstruction,â€ said VDOT northern Virginia district administrator Garrett Moore. â€œWe expect most of these roads should reopen within eight weeks, while a few with more extensive damage, such as Hillside Road, may take as much as ten weeks to reopen.â€
VDOT is visiting nearby property owners where right of way may be needed, coordinating utility replacement with local companies, and working to mitigate environmental impacts at the project sites.â€œWe are working very closely with residents, the park authority, utilities and contractors to ensure all of these issues are carefully handled, while expediting repairs as much as possible,â€ said Moore.
Long-term projects to repair damage from Tropical Storm Lee include:
|Hillside Road in West SpringfieldClosed in both directions between Moverly Court and Cameo Square. Contractors will be on site next week. This is one of the most extensively damaged roads.
|Essex Avenue in West SpringfieldClosed in both directions at Middlesex Avenue due to road washout and pipe damage. VDOT is coordinating with the park authority and also ensuring right of way and environmental issues are handled.
|Sunrise Valley Drive in RestonClosed eastbound between Glade Drive and Mercator Drive. Crews placed temporary steel plates this weekend to open the left-turn lane and left through lane to traffic. Bids for a permanent repair contract are being taken next week for sinkhole repairs and pipe replacement.
|Hunter Mill Road in RestonClosed between Crowell Road and Chamberlain Drive. Repairs will be made to bridge approach and shoulder damage, as well as washed-out pavement.
|Beach Mill Road over Nichols Branch in Great Falls
A contract will be awarded next week to install a temporary culvert. The posted detour is approximately six miles long.
|Lorton Road over Giles Run in LortonWork is already under way to rebuild the bridgeâ€™s wing walls and approaches, and to replace the superstructure. There is also a road washout at Silverbrook Road near the bridge which will be repaired. The posted detour is a little more than eight miles long.
|Towlston Road over Rocky Run in McLeanThe contract will be awarded next week to install a temporary culvert. The posted detour is approximately two and a half miles long.
|Plans were already underway and will continue for permanent future bridge replacements on Beach Mill Road and Towlston Road.
Other Emergency Repairs
At least eight additional roads, while open or partially open to traffic, also require emergency contracts for significant repairs and will be under construction in the coming weeks. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through these sites:
- Carperâ€™s Farm Way (Note: motorists are advised that one lane is narrowed by barrels due to road damage and to use caution.)
- Walker Road
- Cinderbed Road
- Old Colchester Road
- Tanager Street
- Millwood Drive
- Ridgely Drive
- Falls Forest Place