About the Project

W&OD Trail Bridge

fThe I-66 Eastbound Widening Project includes construction of a new Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail Bridge over Lee Highway (Route 29) separating trail users from motorists at the signalized intersection of Lee Highway and Fairfax Drive. The new bridge will improve operations at nearby intersections on Lee Highway and enhance safety for both trail users and motorists. This section of the W&OD Trail serves approximately 1,500 trail users on weekdays and over 2,000 on weekends. On weekdays, the W&OD Trail is a significant commuter route, carrying a steady flow of cyclists in both directions, tying together much of the region’s trail network. On weekends, the trail is a prime recreational resource for thousands of cyclists, runners, walkers, and more.


Anticipated Schedule Dates
Begin Bridge Construction Early 2019
Complete Bridge Construction Summer 2020
Complete Improvements Below Bridge (Adjacent Ground Surface Trail) Fall/Winter 2020
Complete Adjacent Landscaping Fall 2021

Resources
W&OD Trail Bridge Community Meeting - October 11, 2018
W&OD Trail Bridge Open House - June 13, 2017
W&OD Trail Bridge Public Meeting - May 2, 2017
W&OD Trail Bridge Public Workshop - April 5, 2017
Final Design

The final W&OD Trail Bridge design reflects extensive public and stakeholder feedback provided during a series of community meetings VDOT hosted in Spring 2017. Community members, local governments, and other stakeholders provided input on abutment aesthetics, pier shape/aesthetics, fence/railing, bridge color, and lighting. 


Looking south on Lee Highway
Looking south on Lee Highway
Southwest crosswalk view
Looking west from Fairfax Drive (fire lane)
Eastbound bridge deck view at dusk

Landscaping Plan

What to Expect During Construction

The project team will work to be a good neighbor, minimizing disruption for motorists, trail users, and the surrounding neighborhood.  Given traffic levels and the tight area for construction, some impacts are impossible to avoid. 

Drivers

  • Fairfax Drive (fire lane) will be closed to thru traffic for the duration of bridge construction
  • Lee Highway will have short-term traffic stoppages (20 minutes max) during nighttime when bridge girders are erected over the roadway
  • Some construction activities (bridge construction, paving, pavement markings) may require lane closures on side streets

Bicyclists and Pedestrians

  • Temporary trail realignment within NOVA Parks property to permit bridge construction
  • Temporary detours during girder/overhead activity
  • Short-term trail closures (20 minutes max) during nighttime when bridge beams erected over Lee Highway

Neighbors

  • Noisy activities such as pile driving will be avoided at night when possible
  • Nighttime construction noise will include backup alarms on equipment and trucks (necessary for worker safety)
  • Lighting of the construction work area will be directed to minimize light pollution for nearby residents