Detour - Chain Bridge Road (Route 123)

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The City of Fairfax will begin work to replace the bridge on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) over Accotink Creek (at Rust Curve) on or around Tuesday, April 1, 2014, weather permitting. The bridge replacement is necessary to improve public safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

During construction, which is expected to last six months, there will be a one-lane temporary bridge in place to accommodate southbound Chain Bridge Road vehicular traffic. Southbound traffic will not be detoured during the bridge construction unless temporarily for safety reasons.

Northbound traffic on Chain Bridge Road and pedestrians will be detoured at Whitehead Street, east to University Drive, then north to Kenmore Drive, then back west to Chain Bridge Road. 

Sidewalks through the work zone also will be closed while bridge construction is taking place.  Pedestrians can detour around the work zone using sidewalks on Whitehead Street, University Drive and Kenmore Drive.

This project will remove the existing 87-year-old obsolete bridge and replace it with a new bridge that will have a safer design. The City also will install a new pedestrian bridge immediately to the east of the vehicular bridge.

A map of the detour route is below, or click here for a printable PDF version of the map.

To access the project drawings and description click here.

Detour Map of CBR Bridge on 2014-0401


Some details of the project, such as the precise dates of construction, are subject to change. For updates and additional information, please check the city’s website at and sign up for eMAS, the city’s electronic message alert system (

If you have any questions, please contact the Project Manager: 

Peter Millard, City Engineer
Phone: 703-246-6330

Please be advised that this work may require Miss Utility to mark underground utilities in and around the work area, as required by the Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act.  Utility location marks will be made with either temporary paint or flags on public roadways and sidewalks, private driveways, as well as in grass areas both on public and private property.  Markings are for location identification only and do not indicate locations of excavation.  Miss Utility often marks beyond the limits of the work area for safety and reference purposes.  Miss Utility markings may be repeatedly refreshed until work is completed in that particular area.  For more information on Miss Utility, please see