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Sept. 8, 2010



ROUTE 622 BRIDGE REDUCED TO 3-TON MAXIMUM WEIGHT
Inspection finds significant deterioration of Rappahannock County structure

CULPEPER — The maximum weight limit on a bridge on Route 622 (Aaron Mountain Road) in Rappahannock County has been reduced to three tons following an inspection that found significant deterioration of the bridge’s supporting structure. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reduced the posted weight limit from 12 tons to three tons based on the inspection and analysis of the bridge’s condition.

The bridge carries Route 622 over an unnamed stream east of Rock Mills, 0.9 miles from Route 661 and 0.7 miles from Route 626. Design work is being done to expedite the replacement of the current bridge’s superstructure with a new structure that will allow legal loads to cross. That replacement project is tentatively scheduled for later this year.

VDOT maintains an aggressive bridge inspection program that surpasses federal standards. Every bridge in the state is inspected at least every two years; some structures are inspected more frequently based on their condition. For more information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program, check the “Bridges in Virginia” page on VDOT’s web site: www.virginiadot.org/info/Bridge.asp

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