WASHINGTON — The big construction project on U.S. Route 1 in Fort Belvoir is reaching a relevant milestone next week. The new bridge over Virginia’s Accotink Creek is ready to start carrying traffic near Fort Belvoir’s Tully gate.
Crews working through the weekend are getting the last stretch of pavement to the bridge laid down just south of the Fairfax County Parkway.
The plan, weather permitting, is to shift Richmond Highway’s southbound lanes onto the new roadway and bridge by midday Tuesday, June 30 and then shift the northbound lanes over onto the new lanes midday Wednesday, July 1.
However, extensive weekend rain could alter that schedule, according to Tim Brown, a Senior Project Engineer at the Federal Highway Administration, who is overseeing the project.
The Accotink Creek Bridge and travel lane shift is just one part of a bigger plan now in progress to widen Richmond Highway between the south end of Fort Belvoir and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway which entails adding an additional lane in each direction.