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Replacement Sought for Aging Hunter Mill Road Bridge

by Fatimah Waseem March 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm 10 Comments

A plan is underway to replace an aging bridge on Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run.

The $3 million project would expand the bridge from one to two lanes and include four-feet-wide shoulders. The number of vehicles that pass over the bridge is expected to increase from 7,200 to 11,000 vehicles per day by 2043, according to state estimates.

The replacement project has been contemplated by state and local officials for nearly 20 years.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the project on April 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Forest Ridge Elementary School (1501 Becontree Lane). A presentation on the project will begin at 7 p.m.

Construction will likely begin in the spring of 2021. The bridge is expected to be completed by the summer of 2022. It has a sufficiency rating of 23.5 out of 100, a measure that determines the likelihood of a bridge to remain in service.

Photos courtesy of VDOT

  • cRAzy

    Just so you know: The concept includes a detour from Baron Cameron via Wiehle to Sunset Hills and back to Hunter Mill Dr. We really NEED more traffic on Wiehle–and this doesn’t even consider FC’s plan to change the Sunset Hills-Hunter Mill intersection to Crowell.

    Who makes these things up?

    • dudewe

      The traffic problem starts with the rezoning along the Metro line. Along as our supervisor keeps on abetting the developers in their unabashed development we will keep on suffering with traffic headaches.

      • OneReally

        But but but I thought we were all suppose to ride bikes…..

  • Debra Steppel

    Both Wiehle and Hunter Mill need additional capacity. Traffic backs up to the zoo from the 1-lane bridge. Every time we have a heavy rain, I worry that the bridge will simply wash away. Replacing the bridge is one of many infrastructure improvements needed in this area.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Hudgins says we dont need infrastructure, just more ‘workforce housing’
      Her .’field of dreams’ approach is destroying Reston
      Actually if the bridge washed away, it might get FCBOS off their collective backside, but I wouldnt hold my breath

  • Guest

    …and why did it take 20 years to finally finance a replacement bridge? Ridiculous!

    • Mike M

      In World War II the US built hundreds if not thousands of bridges all across the planet in the space of two or three years. Today’s problem? Lawmakers and lawyers. As I recall one Greek City State (Sparta?) banned lawyers.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Once the bridge is built , the next project wil be to resurrect the new septic tank disposal facility serving Great Falls property owners
    It is slated for Lake Fairfax park

  • RC

    Sometimes the bridge slows traffic down. That’s not a bad thing! Reinforce it and leave it as is.

  • Greg

    What? No bike lanes? Horror of horrors!


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