Bath County - Route 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) - Cascades Creek Bridge
Project at a Glance
Construction Contract Awarded January 27, 2017
Est Completion Date
Contract Value $1,396,109.55
Lengths and Limits
Length is 0.1 mile, from 0.06 mile south of Cascades Creek to 0.04 north of Cascades Creek
Fairfield-Echols LLC, Fishersville, Va.
The purpose of this project is to replace the existing Route 687 Bridge over Cascades Creek.
The existing two-lane bridge was built around 1932 and is classified as “structurally deficient.” This does not mean that the structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced or it can no longer carry today’s heavier vehicle loads.
The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure at same location as the existing structure.
The bridge is located in Bath County north of Covington and south west of Hot Springs on Route 687, which connects Falling Springs and Hot Springs. Route 687 is a two lane roadway with 11-foot lanes and minimal shoulders.
The existing bridge has a traffic count is 850 vehicles per day, and traffic is projected to be 976 vehicles per day in the year 2028.
The estimate for the project is $2.3 million with $930,000 for preliminary engineering, $290,000 for right-of-way and utilities, and $1.1 million for construction. Construction is anticipated to begin 2017.
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 37.978333, -79.908889
Design Plan Approval Late 2015
Begin Right of Way Acquisition Late 2015
Advertise for Construction Fall 2016
Completed September 2017
Media and Public Events
Advertisement for Willingness to Hold Public Hearing
Comment deadline is August 4, 2015
Mr. Chris Colson, P.E.
Project Manager (at time of advertisement)
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA 24401-9029
Benefits of Project
This project replaces an existing substandard, structurally deficient bridge on a state route that serves county residents. If not replaced the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic.
From March 2017 to September 2017, traffic was restricted to a single lane. A temporary signal controlled traffic using the bridge during construction.
State 0687-008-713,P101, R201, M501, B619
Federal BROS-008-8(012), BROS-008-8(013), BROS-008-8(014)