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Route 616 (Black Cat Road), Albemarle County

Replacement of bridge over Buckingham Branch Railroad

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Jan. 19, 2015

Est Completion Date
Oct. 15, 2015

Under Construction

$2.13 million construction contract

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

Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville



Paul Huckins
(434) 422-9794

Black Cat Rd. Closes Jan. 19

On Monday, Jan. 19, weather permitting, VDOT and contractor Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville will begin work on this project, which involves demolishing the existing bridge and replacing it with a new bridge up to current design standards.

During construction, Route 616 will be closed and traffic will be detoured via Route 250 (Richmond Road). Motorists should expect the detour to remain in place through Oct. 15, the project’s completion date.

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 2013 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: $4,173,417

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $701,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $143,797
Construction: $3,328,620

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: September 2014
Construction completion: October 2015

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