Route 27/244 Interchange Modification

Route 27/244 Interchange Modification

2016 | National Award — Merit | Transportation

Route 27/244 Interchange Modification

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

VDOT utilizes the design-build method of project delivery for projects that meet their established objective criteria including expedited delivery, established budget, well-defined scope, limited risk to VDOT, defined necessary qualifications of bidders in the project requirements, and permissive to a competitive bidding process.


The $32.5 million project replaced the existing Washington Boulevard concrete arch bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington. The new, longer and wider bridge includes significant aesthetic features including decorative parapets and abutment walls, memorial pylons at the bridge corners, and hunched girders with a two-tone paint scheme to mimic the arch structure of the old bridge. In addition, a light well separates the westbound and eastbound lanes. The new bridge also accommodates the widening of Columbia Pike.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Virginia Department of Transportation
Design-Builder: Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
General Contractor: Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
Engineer: Dewberry Consultants LLC
Other Team Members: Quinn Consulting Services, Inc., Geoconcepts Engineering, Diversified Property Services, Key Title, CTI Consultants, 3C Drilling, Aver Technologies, Avon Corp., B&B Signal, Colonial Construction Mat., Inc., Concrete Jack, Corinthian Contractors, Cullen Painting, DSI, DRM Associates Inc., Down Under Construction, E-Landscaping, Inc., Eastern Supply, Electrifiers Inc., EMC2, Inc., Geo-Cell Lightweight Fill, Hercules Fence, Interlock Steel, JD Littlejohn, KC Johnson, Long Fence, McKinney Drilling, Mullens Markings, Inc., Muller Erosion & Site Services, Penhall, Penn Line, Potomac Rebar, Snyder Environmental Services, Superior Grouting Services, Tavares Concrete, Valley Green Landscaping, Virginia Paving
Duration of Construction: 47 months
Project Cost: $32,535,805