Representatives from the Braddock and Mason Districts of Fairfax County, along with members of the Virginia Department of Transportation, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road bridges over I-495 on Tuesday morning.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharona Bulova, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross, Del. Vivian Watts (D-39th), and Sen. David Marsden (D-37th).
According to Larry Cloyed, VDOT Senior Project Manager for the capital beltway HOT Lanes project, the two bridges are among 59 new bridges and overpasses part of the HOT Lanes project. Both bridges were widened and lengthened to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists as well as the additional four lanes added to the HOT Lanes. In addition to the bridges, a rock border was built to help prevent erosion near Accotink Creek.
"The future of Fairfax County is dependent upon us meeting our transportation challenges," said Cook in his remarks. "This is hard stuff, when you look at the engineering that's been done, I'm amazed by the complexity of the project and it's getting done successful because so many people and organizations are working together."
Construction on the Little River Turnpike bridge was to be completed in June 2012, but the project was finished was finished 10 months ahead of schedule. While the Braddock Road Bridge is open, final changes, including the addition of a flyover ramp, will be completed in Summer 2011-2012.