The Van Buren Bridge project will replace the existing Van Buren Bridge to accommodate pedestrians along the corridor to the East Falls Church Metro. The current bridge has no pedestrian access and has been identified as “structurally deficient” during its annual inspection. The new bridge will accommodate two lanes of vehicular traffic and have a 12′ pedestrian walkway on the downstream side to support the volume of traffic.
Fort Myer is responsible for the replacement and expansion of the existing dual culvert on North Van Buren Street crossing Four Mile Run with a cast-in-place concrete slab bridge with architectural treatment. Fort Myer will be coordinating with Fairfax water to truncate a 4” water line as well as coordinating with Falls Church City Arborist & Arlington County Arborist to determine final RFA planting requirements.
This project involves extraordinary amount of public outreach between local residents, vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and bicycle traffic that travel the W&OD Trail daily. Due to the location of the project, and high pedestrian/bicycle traffic, it is critical that the bridge be reopened to the public in a timely manner. The existing bridge connected the W&OD Trail that many pedestrians take daily. Further, the project calls for a 24” concrete deck slab to be installed. Which could pose a challenge during the winter months. FMCC and the City of Falls Church are working closely to complete this project on time.