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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

Recently Completed

$2.13 million construction contract; $4.17 million total project estimate

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



Office of Communications
(540) 727-3201

VDOT and contractor Fairfield-Echols LLC completed work on the Black Cat Road bridge project on Oct. 13, finishing on time and under budget.

The original bridge, built in 1947 by the Buckingham Branch Railroad, had a three-ton weight limit that prohibited use by emergency vehicles, school buses and large trucks. The reconstructed bridge — now under the ownership of VDOT — carries all legal loads, meets the new standard for vertical clearance for trains using the tracks below, and allows room for a future additional track.

Resources and Project Information

Black Cat Rd. in Keswick Closes Jan. 19 for Bridge Work
News release, Jan. 12, 2015

Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (228 KB)

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