As I was traveling to the Fairfax County Courthouse today, I noticed some signs about the upcoming construction on Route 123. After a little research, I found that the City of Fairfax will be working to replace the bridge on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) over Accotink Creek (at Rust Curve). I wanted to share the information with you all so that you can avoid the detour and the traffic.
Construction will begin or around Tuesday, April 1, weather permitting, and will continue through August 2014. This project will remove the existing 87-year-old obsolete bridge and replace it with a new bridge that will have a safer design. The bridge replacement is necessary to improve public safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
During construction, which is expected to last six months, there will be a one-lane temporary bridge in place to accommodate those traveling southbound on Route 123. These drivers will not be detoured during the bridge construction unless temporarily for safety reasons. Although, those traveling northbound on Route 123, will be detoured through Whitehead Street, University Drive and Kenmore Drive. In other words, the northbound lanes will be closed on Route 123 from Whitehead Street to Kenmore Drive.
Sidewalks through the work zone also will be closed while bridge construction is taking place. Pedestrians can detour around the work zone using sidewalks on the detour route.
It is highly recommended that through traffic avoid Route 123 through the City of Fairfax and utilize other corridors such as Lee Highway. Traffic coming to campus off I-66 should avoid exiting at Route 123 (exit 60) and use exit 62 (Nutley Street), exit 57 (Route 50) or exit 55 (Fairfax County Parkway).
Additional construction signs will be placed around the Fairfax Campus to alleviate traffic on Route 123. The messages will indicate:
- At Braddock Road & Route 123, detour traffic away from Route 123 north to take Braddock Road west onto Shirley Gate Road north
- At University Drive & George Mason Boulevard, detour traffic away from Route 123 north and take University Drive north to Route 236 and onto Route 29/Route 50
All of this information and more, can be found by on the City of Fairfax’s website.
A map of the detour can be found here.