Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


April 1, 2013

VDOT is accelerating replacement of the Bull Church Road bridge at South River

FREDERICKSBURG —The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close a bridge on Route 633 (Bull Church Road) at South River in Caroline County until a new bridge can open in fall 2014.


The bridge will close to traffic on Thursday, April 4.


A scheduled annual inspection of the bridge found deterioration in the bridge’s steel beams, necessitating a closure. The bridge had previously been posted at a 3-ton weight limit, and had been reduced to a single travel lane to limit vehicle traffic.


This bridge replacement has been in the Six-Year Improvement Program since 2010, when preliminary engineering and design work began. VDOT has advanced replacement of the bridge 5 months, and will advertise the project for construction in September 2013.


The bridge replacement, estimated to cost $1.3 million, will take approximately one year to complete.  


Traffic will be detoured onto Cedon Road and Ladysmith Road while the bridge is closed, and a replacement is under construction.


A map showing the detour routes is available online:


The Route 633 bridge was built in 1935. The bridge is 55.1 feet long and 20 feet wide. It carries an average of 330 vehicles a day.


Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at





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