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Rockingham County - Route 727 (Airport Road) North River Bridge Replacement Project

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract awarded Jan. 25, 2013

Est Completion Date
Late 2013

Contract value is $2.2 million

Lengths and Limits
0.42-mile long; From: 0.42-mile west of the intersection with Route 11 To: Intersection with Route 11

Fairfield-Echols L.L.C. of Fishersville, Va.



Wayne Nolde, P. E.

Project Details

The project is located on Route 727 (Airport Road) between Route 11 and Route 696, near Mount Crawford and Bridgewater in Rockingham County.  The project limits are from 0.42-miles west of the intersection with Route 11 to the intersection with Route 11. Route 727 is approximately 3.1-miles long running west to east connecting Route 42 and Route 11. This road consists of private residences with little commercial or industrial development. Bridgewater Air Park, which is a private airfield, is approximately 0.75-miles west of the project location.

The purpose of this project is to construct a new bridge and realign Route 727 (Airport Road) at North River.  The old bridge, which has been removed, was a structurally deficient bridge over North River and. Structurally deficient means that part or all of the structure is in poor condition. This designation does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and/or it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads.  Structures which flood frequently and cause considerable delays may also be classified as “structurally deficient”

The bridge at this site was built in 1961, and was a single lane, two-span truss structure.  This bridge was removed on February 13, 2012. The former bridge was 15-feet wide and 211-feet long. The eastern approach intersected with Route 11. The paved roadway leading up to the western side of the bridge site is approximately 18-feet wide. Approaching the bridge site from the west, there are three substandard curves.

The former bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure in approximately the same location. The proposed bridge will be 40-feet wide and 208-feet long featuring two, 12-foot travel lanes. Of the eight-foot wide shoulders, four-feet will be paved. The road will have a 50-mile-per-hour design speed. This will be achieved by removing three of the substandard curves and realigning Route 727. The hill on the road will have 30 mile-per-hour design speed.

The road currently carries 1,592 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 2,172 vehicles per day by 2035.

There are no existing bicycle or pedestrian accommodations and the road is not part of an identified bike route.

Design plans presented at the Sept. 8, 2011, public hearing were approved on December 16, 2011. Advertisement for construction of the new bridge has been advanced from Fall 2015 to Fall 2012.

A separate contract, valued at $133,068, was awarded to Lanford Brothers Inc. of Roanoke to remove the existing truss bridge. In February, the contractor removed the existing truss structure. The short span of the bridge was preserved by the airport, while the long span was salvaged. Guardrail has been placed to prevent access and ensure the safety of the traveling public.

Right-of-way activities have been completed and utility relocations are wrapping up.

The total estimated cost for this project is $4,645,257, which includes $725,569 for preliminary engineering, $386,250 for right of way, and $3,533,438 for construction. The construction contract has been awarded in January 2013. Construction will begin after the contract has been awarded with a completion date of late 2013.

What’s Next

Construction activities will begin in February 2013 with completion in late 2013.

Media and Public Events

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 4 – 7 p.m.
Design Public Hearing
Lecture Room
Turner Ashby High School
800 North Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Benefits of Project

Transportation in the area will be maintained and be safer by replacing the bridge that can support modern weight vehicles.  Failure to replace the bridge will cause the structure to be closed and will cause inconvenience to local travelers.

During Construction

During construction the road will remain closed. Minor delays may be experienced around the construction area where the proposed roadway ties into Route 11.

Traffic Alerts

Route 727 (Airport Road) – Periodic flagger traffic control between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for road improvements from 698 (Wise Hollow Road) to Route 696 (Kiser Road). Estimated project completion November 6.   

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 Project Number:  0727-082-336, P106, R201, M501, B681
Federal Project Number:  STP-082-8(037)
UPC:  77421

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