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CULP 2018-061

July 25, 2018

Road will be closed to through traffic; motorists advised to use posted detour

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 717 (Secretarys Sand Road) bridge over the South Fork of the Hardware River in Albemarle County for replacement of its superstructure.  

The bridge, located about 0.5-mile from Route 708 (Red Hill Road) will be closed to through traffic beginning Aug. 6. The bridge is expected to reopen to all legal weight vehicles on Dec. 14.  

Under a $665,202.70 construction contract, Virginia Department of Transportation contractor Crossroads Bridge, Inc. of Rural Retreat will replace the existing truss with a new truss.  

Drivers north of the bridge should use Route 708 to Route 20 (Scottsville Road) to Route 712 (Plank Road) to get around the closure. Motorists south of the closure should reverse the detour.

The bridge was built in 1932 and carries about 70 vehicles daily.

Message boards will be in place soon to notify the public.

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