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Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road), Fauquier County

Replacement of bridge over Thumb Run

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Estimated construction start spring 2015

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$2.71 million

Lengths and Limits
0.059 mile; from 0.035 mile south to 0.034 mile north of Thumb Run



Howard Tomlinson

Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to replace the substandard Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) bridge over Thumb Run in Fauquier County. The existing concrete-slab bridge was built in 1925.


What Is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to construct a new two-lane, prestressed concrete slab bridge in place of the existing bridge. The proposed bridge will be 54 feet long and 26 feet wide.

Located approximately 350 feet south of the bridge, an additional structure that spans the tributary of Thumb Run is proposed to be replaced with a new 20 by 47 ft. concrete box culvert.

A public hearing on this project was held on March 26, 2013, and several comments were received that opposed closing the bridge and detouring traffic during construction. As a result, VDOT has revised its plans and
proposes a phased road closure with a single travel lane maintained throughout construction. A signal will control two-way traffic through the work zone. (A second public hearing will be held on Nov. 19, 2013. Click here for details.)

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2015 and will take 15 months to complete.

Approximately 580 vehicles use Route 688 daily, according to a 2011 traffic count.


Project Costs

Total cost: $2,710,038

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $650,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $63,511
Construction: $1,996,527

Cost is subject to change as the design is finalized.


Project Schedule

Public hearing: November 19, 2013
Public comment period ends: November 29, 2013
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: Winter 2013
Construction advertisement: Winter 2014
Construction completion: Winter 2015

The project's schedule is subject to change.



Materials from the Nov. 19, 2013, public hearing:
   Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (100 KB)
   Public hearing comment sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (83 KB)

News release: Rt. 688 Bridge Project Subject of March 26 Hearing

Materials from the March 26, 2013, public hearing:
   Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (100 KB)
   Public hearing comment sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (83 KB)

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