VDOT News - Fredericksburg

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Jan. 28, 2020



NEW BRIDGE ON ROUTE 646 (FORK BRIDGE ROAD) OPENS IN CAROLINE COUNTY
VDOT replaced a structurally deficient bridge with a new structure over Maracossic Creek

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.  –  Route 646 (Fork Bridge Road) in Caroline County has re-opened to traffic after the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) bridge crew completed installation of a new bridge over Maracossic Creek.

The bridge is located between Mattaponi Trail and Sorrell Lane. 

VDOT closed Fork Bridge Road in early September 2019. 

The nearly seven-mile detour has been lifted after crews replaced the 1967 structurally deficient bridge. 

The new structure is a 55-foot long concrete single slab bridge with new concrete abutments compared to the former 41-foot long steel beam structure with a timber deck. 

The prior bridge had a weight restriction of 3 tons for all vehicle types. 

Following final inspection, the weight limit posting has been removed. 

Fork Bridge Road carries an average of 20 vehicles a day, according to a 2018 VDOT traffic count.

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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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