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

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction Contract Awarded May 19, 2016

Est Completion Date
Completed October 2017

Contract Value $2,111,652.10

Lengths and Limits
0.2-mile long From: 0.50-mile east of Route 11 To: 0.70-mile east of Route 11

Orders Construction Co., Saint Albans, WV



Robert Good, P.E.

Project Details

This project replaces the low-water bridge on Route 663 (Artz Road) over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  The existing bridge was built in 1922 and has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and it can 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 current structure is 293-feet long and 16-feet wide consisting of concrete slabs with no railing. The proposed new bridge is 300-feet long and 19-feet wide with a clear width of 16-feet, eight-inches. The new bridge will have a single travel lane using pre-stressed slabs with 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.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.902500, -78.481389

Significant Dates

Project plan approval  - Summer 2014
Right of Way - Fall 2014
Construction advertisement -  Late 2015

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 4-7 p.m.
Shenandoah County Government Center
Board Room
600 North Main Street
Woodstock, VA  22664

Benefits of Project

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.

During Construction

Traffic moved onto the new bridge in August 2017. Final completion of the project was October 2017.


Project Numbers

State  0663-085-310,P101, M501, B660, R201
Federal  STP-085-8(060)
UPC  82769

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