Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
May 3, 2018
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NORTH ANNA RIVER
Structure will restore connection on Route 658 (Mount Olive Road) between Hanover County and Spotsylvania County for motorists, who have been using a detour since 2015
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Construction has begun to build a replacement bridge on Route 658 (Mount Olive Road) over the North Anna River, which will restore a connection between Hanover County and Spotsylvania County.
The project replaces the current bridge over the North Anna River, which was closed for motorist safety in March 2015 after a routine bridge inspection found cracking in key support elements.
The $2.8 million project is being funded with State of Good Repair funds, which are targeted at improving or replacing structurally deficient bridges across Virginia.
The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by December 20, 2018. The bridge deck width will be expanded from 13 feet to 21.8 feet wide. The structure has been engineered to withstand increased water pressure that occurs when water flows into river from the opening of the North Anna dam, which assists with cooling at the North Anna Power Station.
The current detour route will remain in place until the new bridge opens.
Approximately 580 vehicles a day crossed the bridge when it was open, according to a 2015 VDOT traffic count.
Recycled Bridge Truss
When the North Anna River bridge closed to traffic in 2015, it still had a usable truss that had been installed in the 1990s.
VDOT employees decided to recycle the truss to serve the public on Route 609 (Raven Road) in Stafford County, which had a temporary bridge as the only public access into a residential area. VDOT’s bridge crew removed the truss from the closed North Anna River bridge, cleaned and painted it, and installed it on Raven Road. Recycling the truss saved the state an estimated $500,000 and four weeks of traditional construction time, and kept a functional piece of public infrastructure in use. Raven Road re-opened to traffic with the recycled truss in November 2016.
Recycled Bridge Truss on Raven Road in Stafford
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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