Arlington Ridge Road/Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project

Status

In Design

The bridge has reached the 100% design phase. Construction is anticipated to begin in winter 2024/5.

For more information, check out the March 2024 Project Update boards from the Open House. 


Location

The Arlington Ridge Road/Mount Vernon Avenue bridge spans Four Mile Run between Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, just south of the Arlington Ridge Road and S. Glebe Road intersection.

Project Background

This project will replace the deteriorated roadway and underlying bridge deck. Engineers have determined the existing piers and abutments can be reused so they will be refurbished to match the new bridge. This reduces impacts to the watershed, helps reduce project costs and contributes to a shorter construction timeline. Due to the condition of the bridge, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria are working as partners to fast-track the design and construction of a replacement bridge.

Design/Bid/Build

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria agreed on a design/bid/build approach for this project, where a firm is hired to take the design from concept to final design. Once the design is complete, the project will be put out to bid, and a contractor selected for construction. The design-bid-build process will include proposals with specific art elements that enhance the bridge aesthetically, provide additional lighting on the Four Mile Run trail, and connect the design of the bridge to the communities of Arlington and Alexandria.

Responding to the communities’ concern for connectivity and the impact to residents living in proximity, the bridge will continue to operate during construction, but with reduced lane capacity. People walking or biking will continue to have access to the bridge through the duration of project construction.

Project Goals

The goals of this project are to:

  • Return the bridge to a safe operational condition for all users
  • Improve access for people walking, biking and driving
  • Advance the community vision of the Four Mile Run Master Plan
Public Art Component

Artist Vicki Scuri is incorporating art elements into the design of the Ridge Road Bridge that takes inspiration from the Four Mile Run stream. Once complete, the Ridge Road Bridge and the West Glebe Road Bridge, located just a mile upstream, will be seen as a pair. Learn more about the Arlington Ridge Road Bridge art component.


Public Process

Spring 2022 - Project Update and Art Enhancement Engagement

Consult

On March 16, 2022, the project team held a public meeting to update the community on the status of the bridge project, introduce the artist designing art enhancements to the community, and learning more about your experiences using the bridge and the Four Mile Run Valley corridor generally. An online engagement was open for two weeks to collect community feedback.  

 

Winter 2024 – VDOT Public Notice: Section 4(f) de minimus Impact Four Mile Run Trail

Consult

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is accepting written comments regarding Arlington County’s preliminary concurrence with the Federal Highway Administration’s Section 4(f) applicability criteria for de minimis impact for a 0.08-acre temporary easement on Four Mile Run Park for the project.

Review the Section 4(f) de minimis documentation online below or by appointment only during business hours at VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please call 703-259-1729 or TTY/TDD 711 to make an appointment with appropriate personnel.

Submit your written comments to Mr. Arun So at the above address by March 1, 2024. You may also email Arun.So@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “Mt Vernon Ave Bridge de minimis” in the subject line.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended. If you need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT Civil Rights at 703-259-1775 or TTY/TDD 711.

 Section 4(f) de minimis documentation

Spring 2024 - Project Update Open House

The project team hosted an Open House on March 19.

Attendees were able to:

  • Learn more about the project background —why it’s happening now, and what the goals are for the project.
  • See the final art enhancement and bridge design informed by community feedback.
  • Understand what happens next, including anticipated impacts during construction.
  • Ask questions of project staff.

Meeting materials:

  • Project Boards: Project Background; Planning Guidance; Bridge Design; and Next Steps.
  • Plantillas de Proyecto: Introducción del Proyecto y Guías para el Proyecto; Diseño de puentes; y Pasos Siguientes.