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Route 17 (Marsh Road), Fauquier County

Rehabilitation of southbound bridge and painting of northbound bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway and Route 805 (Bealeton Road)
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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Estimated construction start, spring 2019

Est Completion Date
Fall 2020

In design

Estimated $3.8 million

Lengths and Limits
0.5 mile; from 0.11 mile south of Route 805 to 0.13 mile north of Route 805



Howard Tomlinson
Lou Hatter

Project Status

After the Dec. 2015 public hearing, VDOT determined that additional right of way would be needed to complete the project. A revised construction schedule has been established for the project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring 2019 and be complete by fall 2020.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the superstructure of the Route 17 southbound bridge that spans the Norfolk Southern Railway and Route 805. The existing concrete bridge was built in 1948 and has a sufficiency rating of 63.5 on a scale of 0 (poor) to 100 (very good). The rating considers adequacy, whether the bridge is functionally obsolete and the level of service provided to the public.

What is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to replace the bridge’s superstructure, including the deck and railings. The work also involves widening the existing abutments and piers as well as rebuilding the approaches. The rehabilitated bridge will maintain two 12-foot travel lanes and feature improved shoulders for a total deck width of 40 feet. With this project, the Route 17 northbound bridge will be painted to extend its service life.

Construction will take place in phases to maintain a single travel lane over the southbound bridge. Work is anticipated to take 18 months to complete. Only minor traffic impacts are expected on Route 17 northbound.

Approximately 22,000 vehicles traverse this segment of Route 17 daily, according to a 2014 traffic count.

Project Costs

Total cost: $3.8 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $750,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $200,000
Construction: $2,898,386

Cost is subject to change as the design is finalized.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: December 2, 2015
Public comment period ends: December 14, 2015

Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: April 2016
Construction advertisement: Winter 2018
Construction completion: Fall 2020

The project's schedule is subject to change.

Resources and Information

Public hearing materials: Dec. 2, 2015

UPC 96739


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