VDOT News - Staunton
Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Sept. 23, 2016
REVISED WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR ROUTE 602 BRIDGE AT PAGE-ROCKINGHAM COUNTY LINE
STAUNTON – On September 23, 2016 the Virginia Department of Transportation posted the following weight limits on the Route 602 (East Point Road/Maryland Avenue) truss bridge over the South Fork Shenandoah River:
- Single-unit trucks with more than three axles (such as large dump trucks) are limited to 30 tons.
- Combination vehicles including tractor trailers are limited to 40 tons.
New signs have been installed to alert drivers to the weight limits. This weight posting allows most single-unit and tractor-trailer trucks with full legal loads to use the bridge, which crosses the South Fork Shenandoah River. This bridge is located near the town of Shenandoah at the Rockingham-Page county line.
This weight posting follows several inspections on the bridge. In August a regularly scheduled inspection showed that the bridge could no longer carry heavier commercial loads. To ensure motorists safety, VDOT took immediate action to limit single-unit vehicles to no more than 27 tons. Combination vehicles such as tractor trailers were limited to 34 tons. Subsequently more extensive inspections and detailed analysis have resulted in less restrictive postings for certain types of vehicles.
Future bridge work is planned, but not yet scheduled, which will eliminate the need for weight postings.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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