Backlick Road

Backlick Road is the name of Virginia State Route 617 from Annandale to Springfield in Fairfax County.

In September 1929, work began on a $1200 project aimed at improving the rail crossing at Springfield on what was then known as the Annandale-Newington Road to eliminate the dangerous blind crossing further east.[1]

By the late 1940s, the road was also known as the Springfield Road, but this name appears to have been used interchangeably with Backlick Road, and by 1960 the Springfield Road name had fallen into disuse.

On November 18, 1959 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to give top priority to the construction of a bridge to eliminate the grade crossing at Springfield to take advantage of increased Federal funding for that purpose.[2]


  1. "Work Is Started on Grade Crossing." The Washington Post (1923-1954): 1. Sep 29 1929. ProQuest. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.
  2. "County Gives Rail Bridge Top Priority." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Nov 19 1959. ProQuest. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.