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Dec. 11, 2017

Lynch River bridge will remain closed through April

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun working to replace the Route 603 (Plunkett Road) bridge over the Lynch River in Albemarle County. It was closed to traffic Nov. 27 after a routine inspection revealed additional deterioration of the bridge’s structural members.

The bridge had been scheduled for rehabilitation in spring 2018 but VDOT bridge engineers accelerated the project due to the emergency closure.

VDOT will replace the bridge in-kind. The existing one-lane timber deck, steel truss bridge was built in 1917 and carries about 340 vehicles daily.

While the new truss is being fabricated, crews will remove the existing bridge and rehabilitate the substructure. The new truss will then be set in place, followed by finishing work, with an anticipated completion in April 2018.  

The road will remain closed until the bridge is completed. Motorists should continue using alternate routes.

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