Under Construction: Wilson Boulevard over Route 50 Bridge Rehabilitation in Fairfax County

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Time lapse video above highlights the Wilson Boulevard bridge over Route 50 being disesembled and replaced August 2-5.

This project is rehabilitating the one-way bridge linking the eastbound Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) service road to eastbound Wilson Boulevard. The bridge was built in 1958.

The improvements include:

  • New concrete bridge deck and steel beams.
  • Reconstructing the bridge's existing sidewalk.
  • New sidewalk along the opposite side of the bridge.
  • Upgrading the bridge railings.
  • Improving curb and gutter on the southwestern approach to the bridge.
  • New concrete end walls on the southwestern approach.

Within the project limits, Wilson Boulevard averages 7,500 vehicles a day and Route 50 averages 51,000.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering - $600,000
Construction - $3.2 million
Total - $3.8 million

This project is being financed with state and federal State of Good Repair funds used for maintenance of structures and bridges.


This project aims to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians and extend the overall life of the bridge.

Major Milestones 

Begin Preliminary Engineering - August 2017
Public Information Meeting - April 2018
Advertise for Construction - November 2018
Begin Construction - March 2019
Bridge Deck Demolition and New Deck Installation - August 2019
Final Completion - Winter 2019/20


Major funding source: State of Good Repair

Phase: Under Construction

UPC: 111320, 114152

State ID: 0613-029-380, P101, B647

Federal ID: STP-BR09 (297), STP-BR09 (298), NHPP-5A01 (981)

Lat/Long: 38.872090, -77.155197

Locality: Fairfax

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New bridge deck installation - August 2019
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Old bridge deck fully demolished - August 2019
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Pre-fabricated bridge spans staged prior to installation - July 2019
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Bridge prior to construction, facing east on Route 50
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Bridge deck prior to construction, facing east on Wilson Boulevard

Page last modified: Sept. 6, 2019