Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Feb. 21, 2014
NEW WEIGHT LIMIT ON FEATHERBED LANE BRIDGE
Four-ton restriction to be posted, repairs underway
LOVETTSVILLE— Following a routine inspection, signs are being posted to limit truck weights to four tons on the Featherbed Lane (Route 673) bridge over Catoctin Creek in Lovettsville today, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The bridge’s weight limit is currently posted at eight tons.
A routine inspection revealed cracking in steel connection points on the old truss bridge. Crews are working this afternoon to weld the cracks, and will make additional interim repairs over the next couple of weeks.
“The bridge is safe for regular vehicular traffic, and the truck weight restriction will remain in place until more permanent repairs can be scheduled,” said Gary Runco, district bridge engineer. VDOT engineers were working on a preliminary study and will work closely with Loudoun County and the Virginia Historical Society on options for rehabilitating the bridge.
The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built in 1889 on Route 7 over Goose Creek in Loudoun County, and was relocated to Featherbed Lane in the 1930s. It carries slightly more than 100 vehicles per day.
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