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June 15, 2015
VDOT COMMENCING WORK ON RT. 723 BRIDGE OVER I-66
Closures on I-66 westbound, Rt. 723 will impact traffic through late July
CULPEPER — Construction begins this week on a bridge rehabilitation project along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fauquier County.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s contractor, Martins Construction Corp. of Falls Church, will close the Route 723 (Ashville Road) bridge over I-66 from Tuesday, June 16, through late July to repair a damaged bridge beam. Message boards are in place to notify motorists, who should follow the posted detour route.
Also beginning Tuesday are single lane closures on I-66 westbound. The closures are planned from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. to minimize travel impacts to commuters.
This project will require a complete closure of the I-66 westbound lanes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for up to four nights. During this closure, which is currently planned for the week of June 29, motorists will be diverted off I-66 at exit 27 to Route F-185 (Grove Lane) and will reenter I-66 at the entrance ramp at Delaplane.
Damage to the bridge beam was discovered during a routine inspection in December 2013 and required VDOT to narrow the bridge from 24 to 18 feet. After this project is complete, the Route 723 bridge will be restored to its full width. The steel beam, concrete deck bridge was built in 1960 and carries approximately 1,100 vehicles per day.
Martins Construction Corp. was awarded the $491,732 contract for this project in January. The work has an Aug. 1 fixed completion date. More information can be found on VDOT’s website at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/route_723_bridge.asp.
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