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More info on major upcoming VDOT work to repair the I-95 bridge over Neabsco Creek in Dale City

From VDOT: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to avoid southbound I-95 in Dale City for two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-8, as lanes will be closed for bridge deck repair. Congestion and delays are expected to be extensive.

· Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 8.

· Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles.

· The southbound car-only safety rest area will also be closed.

The bridge, originally built in 1963, has been regularly inspected and maintained, and remains safe, but is in urgent need of large-scale repairs to sections of the deck. The needed work will include saw-cutting and jackhammering out three bridge sections, the largest being 10 feet by 33 feet, replacing the reinforcing rebar, and pouring new concrete. Work will affect the bridge deck, joint, and abutment.

Due to the time needed to cut the large sections and set the concrete, completing this work over two weekends is necessary (as opposed to multiple overnight closures). VDOT also wants to ensure that the repairs are completed after spring breaks, but before heavy summer travel begins.

During the repairs, the 95 Express Lanes will remain open with toll pricing in effect and free travel for HOV-3 vehicles with E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. The lanes will be southbound beginning at 1 p.m. Friday to help alleviate backups, and will be monitored to change direction if needed. Drivers planning to head northbound on these weekends are asked to be aware of this, and to plan trips accordingly for heavier-than-usual return traffic, particularly on the two Sundays.

Drivers are urged to avoid southbound I-95, and to expect significant delays on all of the usual alternate routes.

Some alternate routes can be found at http://bit.ly/neabscobridge and are listed below.

Local drivers in Prince William County:

· East side: Route 1 southbound to Route 234 or Joplin Road northbound to I-95

· West side: Minnieville Road westbound to Spriggs Road southbound to Route 234 southbound to I-95

Regional drivers:

· East side: I-495 to Route 5 (Branch Avenue) southbound to Route 301 southbound to Route 206/218 westbound to I-95 southbound

· West side: I-495 to I-66 westbound to Route 29/15 to Route 17 southbound to I-95 southbound

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  • tbornottb

    I am aware that this work really needs to be done and overnight is really the only time they can do it to lessen the ‘pain’ BUT the effects on already clogged Route 1 (also under construction) and Minnieville to get around the Neabsco work zone is not going to be pretty. My house sits extremely close to the road on Minnieville between Cardinal and Spriggs. Minnieville has become the ‘short cut’ for more and more to get to 234 in the years since it was widened. Before that we sat way off the road . Its very noisy at night ( wakes us up often) and like a racetrack but not much police presence. Not looking forward to the increase in cars using it during this construction and I bet more use it more often after its all done as a short cut….they will have an “ah ha” moment. OMG!

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