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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2009-006

Jan. 23, 2009



HISTORIC WATERLOO BRIDGE REOPENED TO TRAFFIC
Rappahannock River span will remain posted at 3-ton weight limit

CULPEPER – The historic Waterloo Bridge over the Rappahannock River reopened to traffic on Thursday, approximately seven weeks after it was closed. The bridge, which links Fauquier and Culpeper counties via Route 613, was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle sometime during the night of Dec. 3, causing significant damage to the bridge’s superstructure.

Bridge engineers from the Virginia Department of Transportation inspected the entire structure after the crash to determine the extent of the damage. The repairs were done by a VDOT specialty crew that is experienced in maintaining and repairing vintage bridges.

The bridge is a steel truss, timber deck structure that was originally commissioned in the 1870s and has spanned the Rappahannock River at Waterloo since that time. It was reconstructed in the 1970s and is currently posted for a three-ton weight limit

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