Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
June 29, 2012
NEW WEIGHT RESTRICTION POSTED ON SOUTH RIVER BRIDGE IN CAROLINE
Heavier trucks and vehicles may not cross bridge on Route 633 (Bull Church Road)
FREDERICKSBURG — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has posted a new weight restriction for heavier trucks and vehicles on the Route 633 (Bull Church Road) bridge over the South River in Caroline County.
The new weight restriction is 3 tons for all vehicles.
Vehicles weighing more than 3 tons are required to detour around the Route 633 bridge. Potential detour routes include Route 1, Cedon Road and Ladysmith Road.
Most passenger vehicles will be able to cross the bridge under the new weight posting. School buses, and heavier trucks and vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, will use a detour route.
Also, the bridge has been reduced to a single travel lane. Stop signs have been posted on both ends of the bridge. Motorists will take turns crossing the bridge controlled by the stop signs.
A scheduled annual inspection of the bridge found deteriorated structural steel, requiring a new posted weight limit.
Signs have been posted to communicate the new weight restriction on the bridge to motorists.
The previous weight restriction on the bridge was 11 tons for all vehicles.
The bridge is scheduled to be replaced and is included in the Six-Year Improvement Program. The estimated $1.3 million replacement project is currently under design. It is scheduled to be advertised for replacement in February 2014. The bridge replacement would take approximately one year to complete. VDOT is working to accelerate the project’s schedule.
The Route 633 bridge was built in 1935, and is structurally deficient. It is inspected annually by VDOT engineers.
An average of 332 vehicles a day cross the bridge, according to a VDOT traffic count.
Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at www.virginiaDOT.org.
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