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Storm-damaged roads repaired, reopening in Fairfax County

Monday - 10/24/2011, 10:14am  ET

WASHINGTON -- A bit of relief is coming for Fairfax County commuters this week, as roadways damaged by Tropical Storm Lee continue to be repaired and reopen.

A total of 15 roads were closed or damaged by the Sept. 8 storm -- seven were closed while eight remained open despite the damage.

The Virginia Department of Transportation now says six roads have been repaired and are open, including Essex Road in Springfield. Construction also is complete on highly traveled Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston, which remained open to traffic despite damage.

Work on all the storm-caused damage still may take a while to be completely finished. Backlick Road over Mason Run, for example, isn't scheduled to reopen until mid-December.

The seven roads closed to traffic following the storm, and their repair/reopening status, is below:

  • Hunter Mill Road - reopened to traffic Oct. 4
  • Lorton Road - reopened to traffic Oct. 8
  • Essex Road in Springfield - reopens Oct. 24
  • Towlston Road over Rocky Run in McLean - reopens by Nov. 7
  • Beach Mill Road over Nichols Branch in Great Falls - reopens by Nov. 14
  • Hillside Road in Springfield - reopens by Nov. 8
  • Backlick Road over Mason Run - reopens mid-December

The eight roads that did not close but required repairs are below, along with the status of those repairs:

  • Carper's Farm Way - repairs complete Oct. 6
  • Walker Road - repairs complete Oct. 6
  • Sunrise Valley Drive - repairs complete Oct. 24
  • Tanager Street - completion by Oct. 28
  • Ridgely Drive - completion by Oct. 31
  • Millwood Drive - completion by Nov. 11
  • Falls Forest Place - completion by Nov. 4
  • Valley View Drive - completion by Nov. 11

There is no price tag yet for all the repairs.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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