Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 30, 2012
BATTLE RUN BRIDGE REPLACEMENT BEGINS APRIL 9
Rt. 729 in Rappahannock County will remained closed through early October
CULPEPER — Work to replace the Route 729 (Richmond Road) bridge over Battle Run in Rappahannock County will begin April 9. At that time, the bridge will be closed to through traffic until the project is completed in the fall.
During the closure, northbound motorists will be detoured onto Route 640 (Forest Grove Road), then north on Route 642 (View Town Road) to Route 211 (Lee Highway) and back to Route 729. Southbound motorists will reverse the detour.
Message boards are in place to notify motorists of the closure and detour route. Route 729 carries approximately 780 vehicles per day, according to 2010 traffic data.
The current Battle Run bridge — a steel beam, timber deck structure built in 1962 and now considered structurally deficient — will be replaced with a two-span concrete slab bridge. The bridge will be 94 feet long and 33 feet wide to meet current design standards and will feature paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians. The bridge’s approaches will also be widened to match the wider bridge deck.
The construction contract for the project was awarded to General Excavation Inc., of Warrenton, which had a low bid of $1,487,913.77. The contract has a fixed completion date of Oct. 2.
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