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Route 6 (West River Road), Fluvanna County

Replacement of Hardware River Bridge and its approaches

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Feb. 2014

Est Completion Date
Aug. 14, 2015

Under Construction

$4.39 million construction contract

Lengths and Limits
0.56 mile; from 0.267 miles west of Hardware River to 0.293 miles east of Hardware River

Allegheny Construction Company, Inc. of Roanoke



Mauris Mackenzie

Project Purpose

This project will replace the Route 6 (West River Road) bridge over the Hardware River, about eight miles east of the town of Scottsville. The current bridge is a metal truss structure that was built in 1935. The bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete by current design standards.

This designation does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and/or it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads, and is therefore posted.

What is Proposed?

VDOT proposes to build a new concrete bridge and new approaches to the bridge on both sides. At 44 feet wide, the bridge will have significantly wider shoulders and will be raised approximately 15 feet to meet current standards for its design speed of 60 miles per hour. The posted speed will be 55 miles per hour.

The bridge will be located 100 feet south of the alignment of the current road in order to achieve its increased height. The current bridge will remain open throughout construction, maintaining traffic flow. Toward the end of the construction period, however, periodic lane closures will occur as the new segment of roadway is tied in to the existing Route 6 roadway on each side.

This section of Route 6 carries approximately 2,673 vehicles per day.

Project Costs

The latest estimated project costs from the 2011-2016 Six-Year Improvement Program:

Total Cost: $6,716,633

Design and Engineering: $990,392

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $237,472

Construction: $5,488,769

These costs are preliminary planning estimates and subject to change as the project develops. Cost estimates will be updated as the project progresses. 

This project will be financed using state and federal funds.

Project Schedule

Design Public Hearing: May 24, 2011, 5-7 p.m.
Cunningham Elementary School
479 Cunningham Road
Palmyra, VA 22963

Public Comment Ends: June 3, 2011

Design Approval: January 2012

Right of Way Acquisition Begins: September 2012

Construction Begins: 2014 

Construction Finishes: Aug. 14, 2015

Environmental Documents

Categorical Exclusion document

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