Rockingham County – Route 602 (East Point Road) South Fork Shenandoah River Bridge
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Contract Value $1,739,233.00
Lanford Brothers Co. Inc., Roanoke, Va.
Robert Good, P.E.
The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate a deteriorating truss bridge on Route 602 over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The project is located in Rockingham County at the border with Page County, just west of the Shenandoah town limits.
The Route 602 bridge has been in place since 1955 but incorporates trusses that date back to the 1920s. Combination vehicles (such as tractor trailers) up to 40 tons are allowed on the bridge. The sign below shows weight limits for single-unit vehicles such as dump trucks and box trucks.
Rehabilitation of the bridge will allow these weight restrictions to be lifted and restore the bridge to accommodate all legal loads.
Bridge rehabilitation is scheduled to start in late April 2018 and take about eight months to complete. The work includes replacing bearings; repairing abutments and pier caps; strengthening floor beams; reconstructing expansion joints; installing deck drains; and placing a new concrete overlay.
As of 2014, the average traffic count for Route 602 was 3,447 vehicles per day.
Advertise for Construction – January 9, 2018
Construction Begins – Spring 2018
Construction Scheduled for Completion – Late 2018
Benefits of Project
This project rehabilitates an aging bridge on a key secondary roadway that serves residents and businesses. After this work is complete, the bridge will accommodate current legal loads and weight limit posting will no longer be required.
This maintenance work will require crews to be on the bridge decks during the repairs. Therefore, single-lane closures will be required and the traveling public can expect delays during work hours.
Traffic signals on both sides of the bridge will be in operation 24/7, except for rare occasions when flagging crews control traffic. Vehicles using the bridge during this project will be restricted to 10 feet in width.
During the later stages of this rehabilitation (September-November 2018), Route 602 will be closed to all traffic (including pedestrians and bicycles) during overnight hours and weekends. A detour route will be posted during these times.
Beginning April 23, 2018, flaggers will control traffic during daylight hours as contractors mobilize equipment and install temporary traffic signals on both sides of the bridge. The signals will control traffic 24/7 beginning in early May 2018.
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State: 0602-082-872, M501, B692
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.481362, -78.626906