The Great Falls community is wrapping up summer with a new bridge on Beach Mill Road over Nichols Run.
The bridge features a one-lane, "rustic" design and slip-resistant wood decking and railing thanks to a collaboration between the state Department of Transportation, the Great Falls Citizens Association and the neighboring community, and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who represents the Dranesville area, according to a news release.
"This is a beautiful bridge," Foust said in a statement. "The process of getting here should serve as an example of how to build a bridge. The project presented some challenges, including preserving this beautiful rural setting and helping to tame speeding and cut-through traffic on Beach Mill Road…"
The bridge opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
"Construction of the bridge was anything but routine," the news release states. The standard bridge replacement project was first stymied by floods in September 2011, destroying the original bridge six months ahead of schedule — and prompting the Transportation Department to install a temporary bridge.
Foust worked with the state to shift construction to this past summer in hopes of minimizing the impact on traffic, including school buses, the news release states.
Great Falls residents Candice Burt and Lynne Simmons, who live near the bridge, advocated for the one-lane design, requesting that in order to slow down drivers and discourage cut-through traffic along Beach Mill Road.
That design was ultimately given the nod by the Great Falls Citizens Association and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.