Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Jan. 14, 2015
TEMPORARY BRIDGE TO BE INSTALLED ON ROUTE 721 (NEWTOWN ROAD) AT CAROLINE, KING AND QUEEN LINE
Detour route will be posted for minimum two week closure
FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists who travel Route 721 (Newtown Road) at the Caroline-King and Queen county line will be detoured for a minimum of two weeks in late February to March while the bridge at Beverly Creek is replaced with a new, temporary structure.
A recent inspection of the existing steel beam and timber deck structure found additional deterioration on the bridge.
A temporary single-lane bridge will replace the current two-lane bridge until a new, permanent new bridge can be built.
Construction on a $2.8 million bridge replacement project is scheduled to begin in June 2016. VDOT determined a temporary bridge was required before the construction project for motorist safety. Currently, the bridge is posted with a 14-ton weight limit for vehicles.
Once the temporary bridge is in place, traffic signals will be activated on each bridge approach, and eastbound and westbound traffic will take turns crossing the structure.
During the two-week closure this winter, motorists should follow posted signs along the detour route, which is approximately 22 miles: Route 644 (Bagby Road) and Route 627 (Mattaponi Trail/Roundabout Route Road). Specific work dates and detour dates will be announced as soon as they are available.
The bridge was built in 1952, and carries an average of 440 vehicles a day, according to VDOT traffic data.
While construction for the replacement bridge is expected to begin in June 2016, VDOT is working to accelerate the project as funding becomes available.
A public hearing on the project’s proposed design will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2015 at Lawson-Marriott Elementary School, 1599 Newtown Road, St. Stephens Church, VA, 23148.
Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at www.virginiaDOT.org.
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