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Waterloo Bridge, Culpeper Co./Fauquier Co.

Rehabilitation of the Route 613 (Waterloo Road) bridge over the Rappahannock River

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Project at a Glance


$4 million estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.1 mile

Culpeper and Fauquier


Teresa Gothard, P.E., Bridge Engineer
(540) 829-7635
Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager
(540) 829-7436
Lou Hatter, Communications Manager
(540) 727-3201

Project Status

VDOT held a public hearing on the Waterloo bridge project on May 17, 2017, which was attended by 95 people, including community members, local officials and other stakeholders. Based on 154 comments received:

  • 63 percent favored restoration of the bridge for vehicular use;
  • 11 percent desired restoration for bicycle and pedestrian use only;
  • 24 percent opposed the project;
  • And 2 percent were undecided.

VDOT continues to work with its Commonwealth Transportation Board members and with Culpeper and Fauquier counties to identify funding for the project, and is readying design plans for construction if funding is secured.

Project Overview Video


The 139-year-old Waterloo bridge was closed to traffic Jan. 15, 2014 due to its deteriorated condition.

The truss structure, made of wrought iron and built in 1878, was posted for a three-ton maximum vehicle weight prior to the closure. Despite that restriction and numerous repairs through the years, advancing age and the weather took their toll on the bridge’s supporting members.

Following a structural inspection, VDOT bridge engineers determined that the deterioration was too severe to continue to allow traffic on the bridge.

For the 680 vehicles that used the bridge each day, the closure requires a detour using Route 211 (Lee Highway) and Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) in Fauquier County. Route 613 (Jeffersonton Road) on the east side of the bridge will be closed to through traffic. On the Culpeper County side traffic will still be able to use Route 613 (Waterloo Road) and Route 622 (Old Bridge Road) as far east as the intersection of those two routes.

Proposed Project

With this project, VDOT proposes to restore the Waterloo bridge and return it to service.

The proposed project involves dismantling and removing the truss and making repairs, then reinstalling the bridge. It is anticipated that some bridge components will not be fit for continued use and will be replaced with new materials. However, every effort will be made to replicate the look of the historic bridge, including its green paint color.

With this project, the bridge’s piers will be repaired, and the 15 approach spans will receive new steel beams and a timber deck. No significant improvements to the roadway approaches are envisioned.

Removing and reinstalling the bridge will require the removal of trees and other foliage in its immediate vicinity.

Following the construction phase, the bridge is expected to be reopened to traffic with a 12-ton weight restriction.

Project Schedule

The timeline for this project is based on funding availability. Construction would begin approximately one year after funding is secured and would take about 18 months to complete.

Project Cost

Total Cost: $4 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $802,082
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $120,000
Construction: $3,005,555

Project cost is subject to change as the design is developed. VDOT is working with its Commonwealth Transportation Board members and with Culpeper and Fauquier counties to identify possible funding for the rehabilitation project.


Share Your Input on Restoration of Waterloo Bridge
News release, May 15, 2017

Materials for the May 17, 2017 public hearing:

Piedmont Environmental Council-commissioned study Adobe Acrobat PDF (2.7 MB)
Prepared by The Schiffer Group Inc., Sept. 2014

VDOT-commissioned study Adobe Acrobat PDF (5.2 MB)
Prepared by Volkert, January 2015
NOTE: Appendix B of this report, which provides the detailed structural analysis of the bridge, contains critical infrastructure information and has been redacted per Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.2.


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