VDOT News - Fredericksburg
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Sept. 24, 2018
VDOT REDUCES WEIGHT LIMIT ON ROUTE 17 (MILLS DRIVE) BRIDGE OVER CSX RAILROAD IN SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY
The bridge will be posted at 24 tons for single unit vehicles and 34 tons for multiple unit vehicles later this week
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Later this week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lower the weight limit on the Route 17 (Mills Drive) bridge over the CSX railroad in Spotsylvania County to 24 tons for single unit vehicles and 34 tons for multiple unit vehicles.
The weight posting is based on an analysis of a recent bridge inspection that revealed deterioration of the steel bridge beams.
Vehicles similar to dump trucks and box trucks are considered single unit vehicles. Tractor trailers are categorized as multiple unit vehicles.
Most emergency response vehicles will be able to cross the bridge.
The bridge is on Route 17 (Mills Drive) in the vicinity of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Park and Ride lot located between Route 2 at New Post and Route 1(Jefferson Davis Highway) in Spotsylvania County.
VDOT recommends the following detour for vehicles weighing more than the posted weight limit:
For traffic traveling from points north:
From Interstate 95 southbound, take Exit 130A (Route 3/Fredericksburg) to Route 3 eastbound to Route 2/Dixon Street/Tidewater Trail to Route 17.
For traffic traveling from points south:
From Interstate 95 northbound, take Exit 104 (Route 207/Carmel Church) to Route 207 northbound to Route 301 northbound to Route 17.
At this time, VDOT anticipates that bridge repairs will begin in early 2019.
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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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