Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Oct. 25, 2011
WEIGHT LIMIT ON GREENE CO. BRIDGE REDUCED TO 3 TONS
South River crossing on Rt. 619 closed to all traffic heavier than passenger vehicles
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation has reduced the maximum weight limit on the bridge that crosses the South River on Route 619 (Dundee Road) in Greene County. The bridge is now posted for a three-ton maximum weight limit.
The weight reduction, from the previous posted limit of 10 tons, is necessary due to advanced deterioration of the structural steel beams that support the bridge deck. The reduced weight limit means that the bridge is closed to all traffic heavier than passenger vehicles.
According to traffic counts done in 2008, approximately 380 vehicles cross the bridge every day. Engineering plans are being developed to replace the bridge’s superstructure; the replacement project is scheduled for the late spring or summer of 2012.
The most recent inspection found that deterioration of the structural members had advanced since the previous inspection in 2010. After that inspection the bridge’s weight limit was reduced to 10 tons from the 23-ton weight limit that was in place before. The bridge, which has a timber deck supported by a steel superstructure, was built in 1932. It is inspected every 12 months due to its condition.
VDOT has an aggressive bridge inspection and safety program that goes beyond federal requirements. Inspections of Virginia’s 20,800 bridges and other structures are done in accordance with National Bridge Inspection Standards by qualified inspectors. The agency inspects all of its bridges at least once every two years unless there are issues due to age, deterioration, bridge damage or other concerns; in those cases more frequent inspections are done.
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