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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- City of Fairfax officials say crews will begin work to replace the 87-year-old bridge on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) over Accotink Creek (at Rust Curve) on Tuesday, April 1, starting at 9 a.m.

A one-lane temporary bridge will be in place on southbound Chain Bridge Road during construction. Officials say southbound traffic will not be detoured during construction unless temporarily for safety reasons.

Northbound traffic on Chain Bridge Road and pedestrians will be detoured at Whitehead Street, east to University Drive, then north to Kenmore Drive, then back west to Chain Bridge Road.

Sidewalks will be closed during this time, say officials. Pedestrians can use sidewalks on Whitehead Street, University Drive and Kenmore Drive instead.

Officials say the new bridge that will have a safer design. A new pedestrian bridge immediately to the east of the vehicular bridge will also be constructed, say officials.

Construction is expected to last six months.

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