Shirlington Road Bridge Maintenance and New Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge


Shirlington Road between Arlington Mill Drive and Four Mile Run Drive, adjacent to the Village of Shirlington, Arlington, VA 22206  View Map



Project Update - December 2021

In December 2021, county contractors completed work to repair the surface of the bridge deck. These repairs are the first part of the Shirlington Road Bridge Maintenance and New Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project. The next part of the project is anticipated to begin construction in the spring of 2022. The parallel bicycle and pedestrian bridge is anticipated to begin procurement and construction in 2024.

About the Project

Shirlington Road Bridge over Four Mile Run is owned and maintained by Arlington County, Virginia. To maintain the good overall condition of the bridge, some routine maintenance and upgrades are needed.

In addition, this project will add a pedestrian and bicycle facility to the west of the existing structure. We currently anticipate a 15’ foot multi-use trail with enhanced pedestrian treatments at the intersection of Shirlington Road and Arlington Mill Drive and at Shirlington Road at 27th Street South.

The goals of this project are to:

  • Increase safety by upgrading the guardrail system to meet current standards
  • Prolong the life of the bridge by performing routine maintenance
  • Improve condition of the bridge pavement by repairing the deck surface
  • Improve access between Green Valley and Shirlington for people walking and rolling

Improvements in the Advanced Concept include:

Shirlington Road Bridge and Parallel Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility

  • Routine bridge maintenance, including deck surface repairs
  • Upgrade existing approach guardrails to meet current standards
  • New, 15 foot wide bike/ped bridge, with entrance and aesthetics coordinated with Jennie Dean Park
  • Sidewalk on existing bridge widened from 4-5 feet to roughly 7 feet

Arlington Mill Drive and Shirlington Road Crosswalk Improvements

  • Provide addition trail width to the existing Four Mile Run Trail as it connects to the new bike/ped bridge to facilitate merging
  • Redesigned curb and crossing to allow drivers, pedestrian and cyclists to see each other better and support slower, more controlled vehicular turns

Pedestrian Crossing Improvements Near the Four Mile Run Trail/27th Street S

  • Additional Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) in median to improve visibility of crossing
  • Wider pedestrian ramps to better accommodate crossing users (12 feet)
  • Wider refuge median to provide more space for people waiting to cross (7 feet)

Public Process

Online Open House - January 2021

To provide a project update, including how community feedback helped refine the advanced concept, the project team hosted an virtual meeting and question and answer session. For those unable to attend, the meeting materials are included below.

Community feedback was collected online from 1/28/21 - 2/18/21.

Online Open House - March 2020

To help the community learn more about the project, ask questions and share feedback, the project team hosted an online open house. For those unable to attend, the meeting materials are included below.

Community feedback was collected online between 3/31/20 - 4/14/20.


This project is fully funded with a mix of State and County Funds.