The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued progress reports on efforts to repair the flood damage to roads and bridges caused by Tropical Storm Lee in early September.
On Thursday, VDOT closed Backlick Road between Beulah Street and the Fairfax County Parkway near Fort Belvoir for emergency repairs to the bridge over Mason Run. Bridge crews discovered a fractured bridge abutment that afternoon when conducting their second inspection of the bridge since the tropical storm, VDOT said. The bridge will remain closed for at least several days during a more detailed engineering inspection.
Meanwhile, reconstruction is underway on three roads and three bridges in Northern Virginia that have been closed since the storm.
The most recent rains haven’t helped, said Garrett Moore, the VDOT district administrator. But by next Friday, he expects Hunter Mill Road to reopen. And repairs to Carper’s Farm Way and Walker Road, which were damaged but not closed to traffic, will also be completed next week, he said.
The VDOT report said the other roads and bridges should reopen in early to mid-November.
Here’s more on repairs to roads and bridges across Northern Virginia.
Hillside Road, West Springfield: Crews have been working since Sept. 12 on Hillside Road, which is closed between Moverly Court and Cameo Square. It is the most extensively damaged road but should reopen by Thanksgiving.
Essex Avenue, West Springfield: The avenue is closed in both directions at Middlesex Avenue because of a washout and pipe damage. Work will continue through October for a reopening in early November.
Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston: Crews placed a temporary steel plate over the sinkhole on Sept. 16. Permanent repairs and pipe replacement will be complete by the end of October.
Hunter Mill Road, Reston: The road is closed between Crowell Road and Chamberlain Drive. Repairs will be made to a bridge approach, the shoulders and washed-out pavement. It’s scheduled to reopen by Friday, but this and other repairs depend on the weather.
Beach Mill Road, Great Falls: At the bridge over Nichols Branch, construction of a temporary culvert is underway. The bridge could reopen to traffic in mid-November. The posted detour is about six miles.
Lorton Road, Lorton: The bridge over Giles Run has a posted detour of about eight miles. Crews are pouring concrete and working to complete repairs by late October.
Towlston Road, McLean: At the bridge over Rocky Run, a temporary culvert must be installed. The posted detour is about 2 1/2 miles. Plans are to replace the bridges on Beach Mill and Towlston roads.
VDOT said that at least nine other roads that are open or partially open to traffic also require emergency repairs that will be completed by early November. Carper’s Farm Way and Walker Road repairs should be done by next Friday. Cinderbed Road, Old Colchester Road, Tanager Street, Millwood Drive, Ridgely Drive and Falls Forest Place also are under repair. Valley View Drive, closed Sept. 23 because of a pipe failure, underwent temporary repairs the same day and reopened, but permanent repairs begin in October.