If you live on Idylwood Road on the west side of Leesburg Pike you likely have noticed an increase in traffic the last few weeks. For about seven months the traffic was noticeably less due to the closure of the Idylwood Bridge. The whole bridge was demolished to build a new one that would allow for the I-495 with the new added HOT-Lanes.
The 15,000 vehicles that use the bridge on a daily basis now have a wider bridge with wider sidewalks. The parts of Idylwood Road is still missing sidewalks and bike lines so the pedestrian traffic is unlikely to increase for now.
Those that use the bridge will likely remember the continuous delays before the work started. The electronic display boards would continuously flash the closure date(“Bridge to close on xx/xx/2010”) for so to be updated over and over with new dates. After about 4-5 closure dates coming and going, some wonderful soul put up a large piece of paper beneath the sign (saying something like “Road to Close on 5/15/2010”) with the text “Don’t Count On It”.
I almost drove off the road laughing when I saw the sign. If anyone know what I am talking about and took a picture- I would love to post a picture on this blog…
Anyways, the bridge was completed in just 7 months – very impressive!