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Route 501 Bridge over James River on Amherst/Bedford County line

Project at a Glance

Est Completion Date
late April 2017



Brian Casto, P.E., Project Manager
434-947-6559 or 800-367-7623

Progress - August 2016

October 2014 update

October 15, 2014 news release:




Project Background and Purpose

Project Background

This project is located on the Amherst County – Bedford County line and crosses the James River and CSX Railway. This is a primary route (Lee Jackson Highway) and the functional classification is Rural Minor Arterial.  In 2011, the Average Daily Traffic was 1,650 with 10% trucks. The existing structure crossing the James River and CSX Railway is in poor condition with a sufficiency rating of 27.7.  The existing structure is 23.95’ wide between curbs and is a fracture critical steel girder system.  It is also structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The existing structure has been identified as a priority for replacement for the Lynchburg District.


Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing structurally deficient and functional obsolete bridge with minimal approach work. The new structure will be a two lane facility, 40’ wide between curbs with a steel girder superstructure.  The increased shoulder width will provide bike/pedestrian accommodations. In addition right and left turn lanes will be included at the new T intersection of Rte 501 and Rte 130.  The proposed bridge will be replaced approximately 0.7 miles downstream from the existing structure.  Traffic will be maintained by utilizing the existing roadway and bridge crossing; however temporary lane closures are expected.  As a result of public outreach, this project will include a multi use pull-off for public river access, police weight restriction enforcement and VDOT emergency operations.  The proposed fixed completion date is April 10, 2017.


Project Manager: Brian J. Casto, P.E

October 23, 2012 Design Public Hearing

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Location Map




June 4, 2012 Public Hearing Documents and Displays

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Public Hearing brochure

Study Area board

Display boards

Comment Sheet


Environmental Assessment Document


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 Environmental Assessment Document












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