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Route 301 at Rappahannock River, Bridge Rehabilitation

James Madison Memorial Bridge

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
March 2012

Est Completion Date
July 2013


Estimated $6.4 million

Corman Construction

Caroline and King George

Scott Shropshire, Area Construction Engineer
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

Project Overview

Bridge rehabilitation work is set to begin on Route 301 over the Rappahannock River between Caroline and King George counties.

A $5.5 million contract has been awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to Corman Construction, Inc., to repair the superstructure of the James Madison Memorial Bridge. The project completion date is July 2013.

The project will:

  • Replace the bridge parapets and expansion joint
  • Repair the bridge deck, which will be overlaid with a latex hydraulic concrete. This will increase the service life of the concrete bridge deck and improve rideability.

Project Details

In March and early April 2012, motorists may notice the appearance of construction signs at the bridge. Periodic single lane and shoulder closures may be required.

In late April, traffic on Route 301 will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes in the work zone, with one lane of traffic always open in each direction.

During the first construction phase, the northbound bridge span will be closed. Northbound Route 301 traffic will be diverted to the southbound bridge span.

During the project’s second phase, the southbound bridge span will be closed to traffic. Southbound Route 301 traffic will be diverted to the repaired northbound span.

Minor travel delays may be anticipated at peak travel periods on Route 301. 

The James Madison Memorial Bridge was built in 1980. It is 1,483 feet long, and 73.3 feet wide. When it opened, it replaced an existing swing span bridge built in 1934.

It carries an average of 12,000 vehicles a day, according to a VDOT traffic count.


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