Route 6 (West River Road), Fluvanna County
|Replacement of Hardware River Bridge and its approaches|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Aug. 14, 2015
$4.39 million construction contract; $6.7 million total project cost
Lengths and Limits
0.56 mile; from 0.267 miles west of Hardware River to 0.293 miles east of Hardware River
Allegheny Construction Company, Inc. of Roanoke
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On Aug. 14, 2015, VDOT completed replacement of the Route 6 (West River Road) bridge over the Hardware River, located eight miles east of the town of Scottsville. The project was completed on time and under budget.
Work involved demolishing the old, structurally deficient metal truss bridge, built in 1935, and replacing it with a new concrete structure with significantly wider shoulders. The new bridge is located 100 feet south of the former bridge, where slightly higher terrain allowed for a smoother transition between the bridge's approaches and the structure itself.
For local history buffs, the new Hardware River bridge is built in the approximate location of the Temperance Bridge, a covered bridge constructed in 1835. Its name likely had a connection to John Hartwell Cocke, often viewed as a founding father of Fluvanna County, who was a supporter of temperance, an early 1800s movement to stop alcohol consumption.