West Glebe Road Bridge Reconstruction Project

  • Completion DateAugust 31, 2023


West Glebe Road Bridge at South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206  View Map

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Reconstruction on the superstructure of the bridge began in May 2022 and was completed and fully reopened in the summer of 2023.

(PDF, 70KB)Construction Progress

The surface of the bridge deck is completed, and all travel lanes are open for pedestrian, bike and vehicular access.

About the Project


routine inspection in fall of 2018 of the West Glebe Road Bridge at South Four Mile Run Drive uncovered deterioration that required a vehicle weight restriction of 5-tons and closure of the sidewalks in both directions. The southbound lane across the bridge was converted for the exclusive use of people walking and biking. A similar inspection in fall of 2021 found further deterioration, prompting the County to again shift lanes and the temporary walking path. 

County staff developed designs for a bridge that replaces the deteriorated roadway substructure and reuses the existing piers, which are stable. This reduces impacts to the watershed, helps reduce project costs and contributes to a shorter construction timeline.

Project Goals

The goals of this project were 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

View a summary of guidance from the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan (2006) and the Four Mile Run Design Guidelines (2009)

Design-build contract

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria agreed on a design-build approach for this project, where a firm is hired to take the design from 30% to final and then build the West Glebe Road bridge. The design-build process included 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.

In April 2021 the County Board approved a $9.89 million contract, including contingency, to Corman Kokosing Construction Company for design-build services to replace the West Glebe Road Bridge. 

People walking or biking continued to have access to the City of Alexandria through the duration of project construction.

Press Release

Public Art Component

Artist Vicki Scuri was retained by Corman Kokosing Construction Company to provide art elements that will 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.

Bridge Art Component

Public Process

Throughout the planning process for this project, the County engaged with the community to share information and provide updates.

Ribbon Cutting Event - September 2023

County and City officials held a ribbon-cutting Tues., Sept. 12, 2023, to mark completion of the replacement of the deteriorated roadway substructure. Speakers included Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey, City of Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson, Deputy City Manager of Alexandria Emily Baker, and Artist Vicki Scuri. 

Press Release

Project Video


Project Update - March 2022

The project team held a virtual public meeting on the Arlington Ridge Road Bridge project that featured a brief project update on the status of the West Glebe Road Bridge. The announcement provided information on the construction timeline and impacts.


Open House - February 2020

Arlington County staff, in coordination with colleagues in the City of Alexandria, hosted a drop-in style open house at Gunston Middle School. For those unable to attend the open house, meeting materials are provided below and feedback was collected online.

Using feedback received from the public through meetings and online feedback, County staff developed an Ideabook that reflects the desires of the community and links the bridge design to the Four Mile Run Master Plan and Design Guidelines.

Meeting materials

  • Project Boards: Project Background; Planning Guidance; Existing Conditions, Constraints and Opportunities; Opportunities for Input; and Next Steps.
  • Plantillas de Proyecto: Introducción del Proyecto y Guías para el Proyecto; Condiciones Existentes, Alternativas y Restricciones; Oportunidades para Contribuir; y Pasos Siguientes

Community engagement and feedback summary



Arlington County and the City of Alexandria shared design and reconstruction costs for the new bridge.