Recently Completed: Shenandoah County – Route 663 (Artz Road) Bridge over North Fork of the Shenandoah River

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This project replaced the low-water bridge on Route 663 (Artz Road) over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  The previous bridge was built in 1922 and deteriorated to a point where it needed to be replaced, and it could no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads. This project is approximately 0.2-mile long and is located approximately a half-mile east of the Route 663 intersection with Route 11.

The old structure was 293-feet long and 16-feet wide, consisting of concrete slabs with no railing. The new bridge is 300-feet long and 19-feet wide with a single travel lane using pre-stressed slabs and a 20-inch low profile railing. Guardrails will be installed on the approach roadway.

The bridge will be built downstream from the existing structure with minimum approach work. The grade will be slightly raised to reduce the frequency of overtopping during high-water events.

In 2012 Route 663 had an average daily traffic count of 174 vehicles per day.  By the design year of 2026 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 200 vehicles per day.


This project improves the safety of the Route 663 (Artz Road) low-water bridge over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River by providing a wider structure with low rails.  The new bridge will be able to support modern traffic and will not have to be posted with weight limit restrictions.

The new bridge will be built downstream from the existing structure and will be slightly raised as compared to the existing structure to reduce the number of times overtopping occurs during high-water events. This will improve public access to properties located on the west bank of the river.


Contact Info:

Robert Good, P.E.

UPC: 82769

State ID: 0663-085-310,P101, M501, B660, R201

Federal ID: STP-085-8(060)

Lat/Long: 38.902500, -78.481389

Locality: Shenandoah

Page last modified: Sept. 13, 2018