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Route 651 (Sumerduck Road), Fauquier County

Replacement of bridge over Sumerduck Run

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
August 11, 2014

Est Completion Date
April 27, 2015

$1.23 million construction contract

Lengths and Limits
0.123 mile; from 0.01 mile west to 0.11 mile east of Route 615 (Silver Hill Road)

Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville



Wade Smith, CCM
(540) 738-6261

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Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete Route 651 bridge over Sumerduck Run in Fauquier County.

The existing concrete-slab bridge was built in 1933 and is substandard in width at 19.5 feet. 

Route 651 carries 1,064 vehicles per day, according to a 2010 traffic count.


Project Details

VDOT will construct a new concrete bridge that will be 55 feet long and 30 feet wide, including four-foot paved shoulders that can be used by bicyclists. Architectural treatments will be applied to the bridge railings.

VDOT will close Route 651 during construction beginning Aug. 11, 2014. The detour route uses Route 17 (Marsh Road) to Route 634 (Courtneys Corner Road) and back to Route 651. The final detour route is different than was originally advertised based on public input.

Construction is anticipated to take eight months, with a contract completion date of April 27, 2015.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why a closure during construction? Were other options considered?
The decision to close the Sumerduck Run bridge during its replacement was based on several factors:

  • Closing the existing bridge and working within its footprint reduces the impact of construction on the environment and surrounding properties — including one that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places — and helps to maintain the rural character of the roadway.
  • The road closure reduces the construction duration by approximately six months, saving an estimated $600,000.
  • Reasonable detour routes for passenger vehicles and truck traffic are available.

The road closure was presented at public hearing on July 31, 2012, for which notice was posted in accordance with state law. We had six members of the public attend, and none offered comments on the closure or the project as a whole.

Why will construction take eight months? Other bridges have been done much quicker.
This project is a complete bridge replacement. Both the superstructure (bridge deck and its supports) and the substructure will be replaced. 

Following demolition of the existing bridge, the first construction work will be to the abutments, which hold up the bridge on each end. Since this is a concrete bridge, the abutments will be poured in place and a major driver in the schedule is curing time.

Another factor is raising the grade of the bridge, which will require significant earthwork on both ends. 

Project Cost

Total Advertisement Estimate: $2,161,566

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $500,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $127,067
Construction: $1,534,499

Final construction cost to be determined by low-bid procurement process, plus contingencies.


Project Schedule

Public hearing: July 31, 2012
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: April 2013
Construction advertisement: April 2014
Construction completion: April 27, 2015


Resources and Project Information

News release: Sumerduck Rd. Bridge Will Close Aug. 11

News release: Sumerduck Run Bridge Is Subject of Public Hearing

Public hearing brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (257 KB)

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