|Route 50 approaching the Gallows Road bridge.|
The meeting is June 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School, at 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.
The 128-foot-long, two simple-span, steel-plate girder bridge was built in 1985. The deck is cast-in-place concrete with precast concrete panels/forms. It accommodates three traffic lanes in each direction, two turning lanes, and a 13-foot-wide sidewalk.
“Based on the latest inspection report, the superstructure is in fair condition,” VDOT states. “There are areas of corrosion and section losses in the steel beams. The substructure is in poor condition due to significant concrete spalling on the pier cap and columns at both ends of the pier.”
According to a 2014 traffic analysis, an average of 39,000 vehicles drive across the bridge and 40,000 vehicles travel on Route 50 under the bridge every day.
Rehabilitating the bridge is expected to cost $2.6 million. Phase 1 – repairing the pier – would start in October 2015. Phase 2 – rehabilitating everything else – would start in June 2016.