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June 5, 2008
VDOT SAFETY INSPECTION LEADS TO ROUTE 727 BRIDGE CLOSURE IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
VDOT conducted a safety inspection of the bridge on June 4 and found significant cracks and a fracture within the bridge structure. The bridge stringers and floor beams also showed significant deterioration.
The bridge will remain closed until repairs can be made. VDOT bridge engineers are in the process of planning and implementing the needed repairs. A time-frame for reopening the bridge has not been determined yet, but will be announced as soon as it is available.
Prior to the closure the bridge had been posted with a nine-ton limit. This means that a sign is posted by the bridge informing drivers that a vehicle over nine-tons is prohibited from crossing the bridge.
The June 4 inspection was a regularly scheduled inspection by VDOT bridge safety inspectors.
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