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Warren County – Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) bridge replacement

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Possible advertisement for construction is spring 2016.

Total estimated project cost is $7.3 million

Lengths and Limits
0.5 mile long; From: Route 643 To: 0.5 mile north of Route 643



Ronald Tabor

Project Details

The low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River on Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) is proposed to be replaced with a new two-lane bridge in the vicinity of Route 643 (Howellsville Road). This project in Warren County is located approximately 0.5 mile north of Route 643.

At the existing bridge site there are easements with the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF) on the north side and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) property on the south side.  Morgan Ford Boat Landing is on the southeastern side of the existing bridge.

The existing multi-span bridge is a single lane structure built in 1925, which is 321-feet long with a single 11-foot wide lane.

The new bridge will be a two-lane structure located at the existing location following the existing alignment. Approximately 460-feet long, the new bridge will be 22 to 24-feet wide.  The approaches on either side of the bridge will have two nine-foot lanes with six-foot shoulders where guardrail is needed (3 feet paved). Four-foot ditches will be provided where needed.  Retaining walls will be used near the DGIF property and where the VOF easement exists.

There are no bicycle or pedestrian accommodations on the existing or new bridges.

In 2012 the traffic count on this portion of Route 624 was 1876 vehicles per day.  This number is projected to increase to 3005 in the year 2035.

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,336,103, including $694,004 for preliminary engineering, $679,369 for right of way and $5,962,730 for construction.

Media and Public Events

Citizen Information Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4 – 7 p.m.
Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
C. W. Turner Banquet Hall
221 Commerce Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630

Citizen Information Meeting:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 4 – 7 p.m.
North Warren Fire Department
89 Rockland Road
Front Royal, VA  22630

Project Benefits

This project replaces an existing low-water and substandard narrow bridge over the Shenandoah River. The new bridge will be several feet higher than the existing structure and will provide a safer passage for traffic.  Water overtopping situations on the new bridge will be less than overtopping occurrences on the existing bridge.

What’s Next

Public Hearing – 2014
Location and Design approval – 2014
Right of Way activities – 2014
Construction – 2016

During Construction

The road will be closed during construction.

Traffic Alerts

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: 0624-093-192, P101, R201, M501, B625
Federal Project: STP-093-8(013)
UPC: 77272

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