Bridge repairs to snarl I-95 through Dale City this weekend

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After several rainy weekends, road crews are going to try, once again, to finish repairing the deck of the Neabsco Creek Bridge on I-95 this weekend.

One lane of Southbound I-95 will be closed through the weekend and that’s likely to mean major delays, in both directions, through Dale City.

Neabsco bridge work

VDOT photo

  • Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 10 p.m. Friday, June 2 to 6 a.m. Monday, June 5.
  • Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles.
  • The southbound car-only safety rest area will also be closed.

During the repairs, the 95 Express Lanes will remain open with toll pricing in effect and free travel for HOV-3 vehicles with E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. The lanes will be southbound beginning at 1 p.m. Friday to help alleviate backups, and will be monitored to change direction if needed. Drivers planning to head northbound this weekend are asked to be aware of this, and to plan trips accordingly for heavier-than-usual return traffic, particularly on Sunday.

Getting around the mess

Some alternate routes can be found at http://bit.ly/neabscobridge and are listed below.

Local drivers in Prince William County:

  • East side: Route 1 southbound to Route 234 or Joplin Road northbound to I-95
  • West side: Minnieville Road westbound to Spriggs Road southbound to Route 234 southbound to I-95

Regional drivers:

  • East side: I-495 to Route 5 (Branch Avenue) southbound to Route 301 southbound to Route 206/218 westbound to I-95 southbound
  • West side: I-495 to I-66 westbound to Route 29/15 to Route 17 southbound to I-95 southbound

Lots of bridge repairs needed

The Neabsco Bridge was originally built in 1963. It’s been regularly inspected and maintained and VDOT says it remains safe. But it needs large-scale repairs to sections of the deck. The work includes saw-cutting and jackhammering out three bridge sections, the largest being 10 feet by 33 feet, replacing the reinforcing rebar, and pouring new concrete. Work will affect the bridge deck, joint, and abutment.

Due to the time needed to cut the large sections and set the concrete, completing this work over two weekends is necessary (as opposed to multiple overnight closures). The first segment of work was completed on April 30. Several weekends of rain postponed the remaining work until this weekend.

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