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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Great Falls bridge re-opening delayed

By Robert Thomson

The re-opening of the Leigh Mill Road Bridge in Great Falls has been delayed till next week because of the recent cold and wet weather, the Virginia Department of Transportation says.

The bridge over Difficult Run has been closed to traffic since July 12 for rehabilitation. The original schedule called for re-opening by Labor Day. Then in August, VDOT engineers decided that the structure was in worse condition than previous inspections had revealed. So the entire substructure had to be demolished and replaced, delaying the re-opening.

With the new delay because of the weather, project managers now anticipate opening the bridge on Monday.

VDOT says the new bridge will be the same length, elevation and alignment as the old one, but it will be 15 feet wide, rather than 13 feet, to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

By Robert Thomson  | January 26, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Driving, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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