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3 Fairfax Co. bridges washed out

Monday - 9/12/2011, 7:07am  ET

Lorton Road bridge out (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)
The Lorton Road Bridge over Giles Run washed out. The detour adds 8 miles to your commute. (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)

FAIRFAX, Va. - The wet weather from Tropical Storm Lee washed away bridges and caused an "unprecedented" amount of road damages in Fairfax County.

"We had some incredible damage in Fairfax County," says Joan Morris, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

"We actually had three bridges that washed away, one on Lorton Road, one on Towlston Road and one on Beach Mill Road.

"Nothing compares to that in recent memory. The idea that we had three bridges actually wash away and as much pavement damage as we had is unprecedented."

All three bridges are on secondary roads, but Morris says you will need to make add time to your commute to get around the problems.

VDOT engineers assessed more than 200 bridges in the county this weekend.

"Our initial assessment indicates that there could be up to $10 million in damages to bridges and roads in Fairfax County," says Garrett Moore, the Virginia Department of Transportation's district administrator for Northern Virginia.

Officials say each bridge will have a temporary replacement built in the coming weeks, and there will be detours around the structures. Previously planned construction of permanent bridges on Beach Mill Road and Towlston Road is scheduled to begin in 2012.

Fairfax County also is building a new bridge over Giles Run as part of a Lorton Road relocation project scheduled to begin in 2013.

In addition to the bridges, several county roads are closed:

  • Sunrise Valley Drive eastbound between Glade Drive and Mercator Drive
  • Hillside Road (both directions) between Moverly Court and Cameo Square
  • Miller Road (both directions) at Westhurst Lane
  • Hunter Mill Road (both directions) between Crowell Road and Chamberlain Drive
  • Walker Road (both directions) between Colvin Run Road and Walker Mill Road

Moore says officials will make repairs "as soon as possible," but warns of possible slope failures, potholes and pavement issues in the coming days.

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