Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


June 7, 2017

Bridge over Exol Swamp is closed to all traffic for motorist safety

FREDERICKSBURG – A bridge on Route 617 (White House Lane) over Exol Swamp in King and Queen County has closed to traffic after a bridge inspection on Tuesday found deterioration in key support elements.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined the bridge should be closed immediately for motorist safety. The bridge was posted with a 3 ton vehicle weight restriction.

Bridge inspections were being performed on the bridge every month. In most cases, bridges are inspected once a year or once every 2 years.  

The bridge is fully funded to be replaced using State of Good Repair program funds, which are targeted for deficient bridges and pavement. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021, but the agency will seek to accelerate the project schedule. The bridge was built in 1965.

Temporary signs will be posted to guide travelers along the detour route, which is approximately 12 miles. Permanent detour signs are being fabricated, and will be posted in several weeks.

Southbound motorists traveling from the Essex County area should use the following detour route:

  • Route 612 (Lily Pond Road)
  • Route 14 (The Trail)
  • Route 616 (Zion Church Road)

Northbound motorists traveling from the Courthouse area of King and Queen County should use the following detour route:

  • Route 616 (Zion Church Road)
  • Route 14 (The Trail)
  • Route 612 (Lily Pond Road)

Approximately 75 vehicles a day cross the bridge on White House Lane, according to a 2016 VDOT traffic count.

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


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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