Route 708 (Dry Bridge Road), Albemarle County
|Replacement of bridge over Buckingham Branch RR|
Project at a Glance
Construction began Sept. 30, 2013
Est Completion Date
Sept. 12, 2014
$2.54 million construction award
Lengths and Limits
0.18 mile; from 0.1 mile south to 0.08 mile north of the Buckingham Branch Railroad
Corman Construction Co., of Annapolis, Md.
The primary purpose of this project is to replace the existing Route 708 bridge, which was built in 1932 and is owned and maintained by the Buckingham Branch Railroad. It is built of timbers with a timber-beam travel surface on the bridge deck. The bridge is currently posted at an eight-ton weight limit, is in overall poor condition and has required extensive maintenance in recent years to accommodate traffic.
Following the replacement project, the bridge will be owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDOT will be responsible for the bridge's ongoing maintenance.
Route 708 carries approximately 1,100 vehicles per day, according to a 2012 traffic count.
What Is Proposed?
The new bridge will be a two-lane structure built of prestressed concrete beams. It will feature 10-foot travel lanes and four-foot paved shoulders for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
VDOT will close the road during construction, which will be completed in September 2014.
Detour signs have been posted to direct motorists to use Route 738 (Morgantown Road) to Route 250 (Ivy Road) to Route 787 (Gillums Ridge Road) to Route 708 and reverse.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why will construction take a year to complete? Other recent bridge projects in Albemarle County and Charlottesville have gone much quicker.
The fixed completion date of September 12, 2014, is based on a contract time determination that took into consideration several items above and beyond the norm:
First, this is not a re-build or maintenance replacement, as with the Route 250 bridge at Shadwell; this is construction of a completely new structure that will be in some locations nine feet above the existing bridge to accommodate the railroad’s height-over-track requirement.
It is estimated 10-12 trains, including passenger trains, will travel through the construction zone daily. The track has to be cleared of all equipment and personnel before the train arrives. (This is the same constraint faced on the JPA bridge project.)
This project has a considerable amount of work required along the track to alleviate existing and post-construction drainage issues caused by roadway water.
The existing slopes are quite steep along the project and where the new structure is going to be placed and require special consideration while excavating and building the new footers, piers and abutments.
Resources and Links
News release: Dry Bridge Rd. in Ivy Will Close Sept. 30
Sept. 27, 2013