VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Oct. 31, 2016

Sparta Road will be closed to through traffic for approximately four weeks starting Wednesday, Nov. 9

FREDERICKSBURG – Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin construction to upgrade the Route 721 bridge (Sparta Road) over Maracossic Creek in Caroline County.

VDOT will close Sparta Road to through traffic at the Maracossic Creek bridge at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The bridge is located near Route 640 (Maracossic Drive) and Route 654 (Pendleton Road).  

A detour will be in place for approximately four weeks while construction is underway.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately nine miles:

  • Route 654 (Pendleton Rd.)
  • Route 643 (File Rd.)
  • Route 644 (Bagby Rd.)
  • Route 721 (Newtown Rd.)

Message boards will be posted a week in advance to alert drivers to the upcoming bridge work and detour.

VDOT crews will replace the existing bridge’s steel beams and deck with new timber, steel and guardrail.

The existing bridge, constructed in 1960, has a weight restriction of 25 tons for single axle vehicles and 35 tons for tractor trailers. Following this project, the bridge’s weight posting is expected to be removed.

Sparta Road carries an average of 1,700 vehicles a day, according to a 2015 VDOT traffic count.



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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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