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Jan. 14, 2010

Inspection reveals structure has fatigue cracks and advanced corrosion

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has posted the Genito Road (Route 604) bridge over Swift Creek in Chesterfield County from 12 tons to three tons as the result of findings in a recent structural inspection. Bridge inspectors today found fatigue cracks and corrosion on several steel beams. For driver safety, VDOT has decreased the maximum vehicle weight to reduce the amount of stress on the 70 year old bridge.

“The bridge can withstand normal passenger vehicle traffic,” says Gary Martin, district bridge engineer. “However, larger vehicles like buses and trucks will need to use an alternate route to cross Swift Creek.” The bridge carries approximately 8,500 vehicles per day. VDOT recommends drivers of vehicles over three tons use the following alternate routes:

  • Westbound Genito Road – Charter Colony Parkway to Old Hundred Road, then south on Otterdale Road to Genito Road.
  • Eastbound Genito Road – Otterdale Road north, right onto Old Hundred Road, right onto Charter Colony Parkway to Genito Road

The Genito Road bridge over Swift Creek was last inspected in October 2009. At that time, inspectors found a fatigue crack in a steel beam. The deterioration indicated the need for a more in-depth follow up inspection.  

The bridge was built in 1939 to carry no more than 12 tons—well below today’s standards. “Replacement is the only option at this point in order to bring this bridge to full capacity,” says Martin. “It would cost approximately $3 million to replace this bridge.” At this time, VDOT has no plans or funding to replace the bridge.

VDOT has posted signs on the approaches to the bridge indicating the reduced weight limit. Local police are responsible for enforcing the restriction.

For more information on VDOT’s bridge inspection program and to see a video of a bridge inspection, visit


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