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Route 616 (Black Cat Road), Albemarle County

Replacement of bridge over Buckingham Branch Railroad

Project at a Glance

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

$3.76 Million

Lengths and Limits
0.15 mile; from 0.3 mile to 0.15 mile south of Route 685 (Bunker Hill Road)



Brian Arnold
(540) 829-7557

Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to replace the current Route 616 timber-deck bridge, built in 1947 by the Buckingham Branch Railroad, which is posted with a three-ton weight limit. The weight limit bars emergency vehicles and large trucks from using the bridge.

Route 616 carries approximately 800 vehicles per day, according to a 2010 traffic count.

What Is Proposed?

Due to the existing bridge's substandard condition, VDOT proposes to accept the bridge into the state maintenance system and replace it with a wider bridge featuring two 11-foot travel lanes and five-foot shoulders. 

The bridge will be raised to meet the new standard for vertical clearance for trains using the tracks below, and will be lengthened to allow room for an additional track.

Project Costs

Total cost: $3,755,171

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $701,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $347,206
Construction: $2,706,965

Cost is subject to change as the design is finalized.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: July 25, 2012
Public comment period ends: August 6, 2012
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: May 2013
Construction advertisement: March 2014
Construction completion: June 2015

The project's schedule is subject to change.

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