Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
Nov. 7, 2017
NEW BRIDGE ON SEAYS ROAD OPENS IN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY
VDOT replaced a structurally deficient bridge over Glady Run, allowing heavier emergency vehicles to use the new structure, improving response time in Post Oak
FREDERICKSBURG – Route 649 (Seays Road) in Spotsylvania County has re-opened to traffic after a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) bridge crew completed installation of a new bridge over Glady Run.
The bridge is located between Robert E. Lee Drive and Mastin Lane in the Post Oak area of the county.
Crews closed the road in mid-September to replace the existing steel beams, deck and guardrail with a 46-foot long concrete slab bridge on new concrete abutments. The new bridge is nearly double the length of the previous structure.
Built in 1970, the prior bridge was structurally deficient with a posted weight limit of 15 tons for single-unit vehicles and 22 tons for tractor-trailers, which restricted heavier emergency vehicles from using the bridge.
Following today’s final inspection, the current weight posting is being removed and will allow legal load vehicles, including all emergency service vehicles, to use the new structure, improving response time in the Post Oak area of the county.
Seays Road carries an average of 764 vehicles a day, according to a 2016 VDOT traffic count.
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