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Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway), Rappahannock Co.

Rehabilitation of bridge over Wilson Branch

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Estimated construction start, fall 2016

Est Completion Date
Fall 2017

In design

Estimated $3.01 million

Lengths and Limits
0.05 mile; from 1.4 miles south of Route 630 (Hittles Mill Road) to 0.4 mile north of Route 647 (Crest Hill Road)



Howard Tomlinson

Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the substandard Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway) bridge over Wilson Branch near Flint Hill in Rappahannock County. The existing concrete T-beam bridge was built in 1923 and has a sufficiency rating of 48 on a scale of 0 (poor) to 100 (very good).


What Is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to replace the superstructure of the existing bridge, including the deck and railings. The bridge’s abutments will be rehabilitated and reused in the project. The restored bridge will widened to 28 feet, an improvement over the current 24-foot width.

Construction will take place in phases to maintain a single 12-foot travel lane, with temporary signals controlling two-way traffic through the work zone. Work is anticipated to begin in fall 2016 and take eight to 12 months to complete.

Approximately 4,100 vehicles use this segment of Rt. 522 daily, according to a 2012 traffic count.


Project Costs

Total cost: $3.01 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $720,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $94,515
Construction: $2,200,000

Cost is subject to change as the design is finalized.


Project Schedule

Public hearing: February 11, 2014
Public comment period ends: February 21, 2014
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: Fall 2015
Construction advertisement: December 2015
Construction completion: Fall 2016

The project's schedule is subject to change.


Resources and Information

Materials from the February 11, 2014, public hearing:
   Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (111 KB)
   Public hearing comment sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (83 KB)

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