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Sept. 18, 2008
ROUTE 727 BRIDGE REOPENS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
On June 4, VDOT conducted a safety inspection of the bridge and found significant cracks and a fracture within the bridge structure. The bridge stringers and floor beams also showed significant deterioration. The June 4 inspection was a regularly scheduled inspection by VDOT bridge safety inspectors.
Motorists using the bridge should note that the bridge is posted for six tons. This means that a sign is posted by the bridge informing drivers that a vehicle over six tons is prohibited from crossing the bridge. Prior to the closure the bridge had been posted with a nine-ton limit.
According to VDOT Staunton Bridge Engineer Keith Weakley, P. E., “VDOT staff have observed frequent disregard of the bridge posting limit by various truck drivers. Weakley adds, “Degradation of the bridge will accelerate if overweight vehicles continue to use the bridge.”
Virginia State Police First Sergeant Bryan Hutcheson said, “Violators of the bridge posting can potentially face a variety of state and civil penalties. In some cases the fines can range in the tens of thousands of dollars.”
Weakley adds that VDOT is in the preliminary engineering phase for planning a new structure at this site using district bridge funding. Construction is still several years away. This bridge project has been in the six year plan previous to the June 4 closure.
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