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Route 637 (Jericho Road), Rappahannock County

Replacement of bridge over Big Indian Run

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 18, 2015

Est Completion Date
May 2, 2016

Under construction

$1.65 million construction contract; $2.29 million estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.08 mile; from 0.04 mile west to 0.04 mile east of Big Indian Run

Fielder's Choice Enterprises, Inc. of Charlottesville



Wade Smith

Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to replace the Route 637 (Jericho Road) bridge over Big Indian Run in Rappahannock County. The existing bridge, built in 1931, is substandard in width at just 15.5 feet wide.

What Is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to construct a new two-lane bridge of pre-stressed concrete slabs with an asphalt overlay riding surface. The proposed bridge will be 28 feet long, 24 feet wide and in the same approximate location as the existing bridge and approaches. The bridge superstructure will be supported by new, full-depth concrete abutments founded on rock. Proposed bridge railings will have two steel rails with posts attached to a concrete pedestal that will have architectural treatment for aesthetics.

The proposed bridge will be constructed in phases in order to maintain a single travel lane on the bridge throughout construction. A temporary signal will control two-way traffic through the work zone.

Approximately 250 vehicles use Route 637 daily, according to a 2011 traffic count.

Project Costs

Total cost: $2,285,908

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $425,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $24,375
Construction: $1,836,533

Cost is subject to change as the design is finalized.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: January 16, 2013
Public comment period ends: January 28, 2013
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: Fall 2013
Construction advertisement: Fall 2014
Construction completion: Winter 2015

The project's schedule is subject to change.


News release: VDOT to Hold Hearing on Rt. 637 Bridge Project

Materials from the Jan. 16 public hearing:
   Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (100 KB)
   Public hearing comment sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (83 KB)

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