Route 602 (Burkes Pond Road) Bridge Replacement
Project at a Glance
Advertised for construction summer 2014 -- mobilization will occur in January 2015
Est Completion Date
Late fall 2015
Estimated $1.3 million
To be determined
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager
The Virginia Department of Transportation is replacing the existing two-lane bridge on Route 602 (Burkes Pond Road) over Burke's Mill Stream with a new bridge.
On September 4, 2014, VDOT closed the Route 602 bridge to traffic after an annual inspection found additional deterioration among the bridge’s steel beams.
The bridge was already scheduled to be closed in January 2015 for the $1.3 million replacement project. However, VDOT determined the bridge had to be closed sooner for motorist safety.
Motorists should follow posted signs along the detour route: Route 198, Route 3/14, Route 3 (Windsor Road) and Route 198 (Buckley Hall Road).
The detour route is approximately 6.5 miles. Motorists should anticipate an additional travel time of 9 minutes.
The bridge carries an average of 1,000 vehicles a day, according to VDOT traffic data.
Prior to the 2014 inspection, the bridge was posted with a 7-ton weight limit for vehicles. Due to additional severe deterioration, the bridge is not able to carry any vehicular traffic loading.
Construction for the replacement bridge is expected to begin in January 2015, and will be underway through late fall 2015. The detour will be in place through the project completion.
The new bridge will have the same number of travel lanes, and will have a very slight width increase due to adding shoulders. The length would increase from 55 feet to 60 feet.
The intent is to have no impact to the dam at the bridge.
The project work zone would start 600 feet north of the bridge, and end 600 feet south of the bridge.