Shirlington Road Bridge Maintenance and New Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge
This project is located along Shirlington Road between Arlington Mill Drive and Four Mile Run Drive, adjacent to the Village of Shirlington.
Using community feedback and project goals, an advanced concept design was presented to the community in January 2021 for additional feedback.
Maintenance on the existing bridge, as well as the sidewalk and nearby crosswalk improvements at Arlington Mill Drive and Four Mile Run Trail, are anticipated to begin in the summer/fall 2021.
The parallel bicycle and pedestrian bridge is anticipated to begin procurement and construction in 2021-2022.
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
Proposed 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)
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.
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.