Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 25, 2014

Detour route will remain in place at Essex, King and Queen county line through July

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will repair the Route 604 bridge over Dragon Run at the Essex and King and Queen county line in June 2014, re-opening the road to through traffic in mid-summer.


VDOT closed the bridge to all traffic until further notice in October 2013. An annual inspection of the bridge found rapid deterioration of the bridge’s steel beams, and VDOT determined the bridge should be closed as soon as possible for motorist safety.


“When we closed the bridge last fall for motorist safety, we immediately started the process to order the supplies that would be needed to repair it,” said Annette Adams, P.E, VDOT Structure and Bridge Engineer, Fredericksburg District. “While we had hoped to open the bridge to traffic this spring, the required structural steel will not be available until June, pushing the repair back by several months.”


A posted detour route is in place. The bridge carries an average of 300 vehicles a day, according to VDOT traffic data.


Motorists should continue to follow posted signs along the detour route, which travels through Essex, Middlesex and King and Queen counties:


  • Route 684
  • Route 17 southbound
  • Route 606
  • Route 607
  • Route 602
  • Route 610
  • Route 614


The detour route is approximately 25 miles. Motorists should anticipate an additional travel time of 35 to 45 minutes. 


The Route 604 bridge over Dragon Run was built in 1965. It is a timber deck bridge with steel beams and a timber foundation. It carries two travel lanes. A through truck restriction is in place on the section of Route 604 that includes the bridge.


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





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