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Rockingham County - Route 257 (Ottobine Road) Dry River Bridge

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction Contract Awarded February 22, 2017

Est Completion Date
Late 2018

Contract Value $4,188,263.67

Lengths and Limits
About 0.2 mile long, from 0.1 mile west of Route 738 to 0.1 mile east of Route 738

Fairfield-Echols LLC, Fishersville, Va.



Wayne Nolde, P.E.

Project Details

This project replaces the deteriorated Dry River bridge on Route 257 (Ottobine Road) in Rockingham County. The project area is about 0.2-mile long, from 0.1-mile west of Route 738 to 0.1-mile east of Route 738.

The existing bridge has two 11-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches. The bridge is on a crest that limits sight distance at the Route 738 intersection.

The new bridge will be 225-feet long and have two 12-foot lanes with eight-foot shoulders. Sight distance will be improved at the Route 257 and Route 738 intersection. Route 738 will be on the same alignment as the existing roadway.

Bridge construction is being done in stages. Throughout construction, one lane of traffic will be maintained with a traffic signal on Route 257. Route 738 will be closed and a detour will be put in place.

The traffic volumes at this location in 2010 were 3,900 vehicles per day.  The projected traffic volume in 2038 is 4,400 vehicles per day, of which four percent will be trucks.

During the design phase of the project, the total estimated cost was $3.8 million, including $700,000 for preliminary engineering, $150,000 for right of way and $3 million for construction.

What’s Next

Preliminary Engineering – Spring 2013
Right of Way – Summer 2014
Advertise for Construction – Late 2016

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4 – 7 p.m.
Turner Ashby High School
800 North Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Benefits of Project

Safety in the area will be improved with a new structure that will serve modern traffic with wider lanes.

During Construction

From May 2017 to December 2018, a temporary signal controls Route 257 traffic through the work zone. Route 738 is closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic south of Route 257.

Traffic Alerts

Route 257 (Ottobine Road)Signal-controlled single-lane traffic during bridge reconstruction over Dry River. Vehicles limited to 13 feet in width.


Route 738 (Dry River Road, Bridgewater area) – Road closed south of Route 257 for bridge and intersection construction. Follow posted Route 737 (Cannery Woods Drive) detour back to Route 257. Closure also prohibits bicycle and pedestrian traffic.


Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page:  Staunton District

Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web

Project Numbers

State  0257-082-717,P101, R201, B622
Federal  BR-5115(154), BR-5115(155), BR-5115(156)
UPC  90181
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.407500, -78.976111

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