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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
Mid to late May 2015 (see Status Update)

Under construction

$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

Status Update

Due to difficulties experienced on this project, the contractor will not finish by April 27, the contract completion date. We anticipate that the bridge will remain closed for an additional three weeks (until mid-May) while earthwork and several other important components of the project are completed. After that time, the contractor will remain on-site to do some finishing work that will not require the road to be closed.

We understand the inconvenience the bridge closure causes for residents, and we are sorry it will extend longer than anticipated. Please note that VDOT is partnering with the contractor to expedite their work as much as possible, including allowing them to work seven days a week to complete the project.

We thank you for your continued patience.

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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. Construction is anticipated to take eight months, with a completion date of April 27, 2015. However, the contract provides a daily incentive, up to 60 days, to the contractor for shortening the road closure period. All work is done as weather permits. 

During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Route 17 (Marsh Road) to Route 634 (Courtneys Corner Road) and back to Route 651. Please note that the final detour route is different than was originally advertised based on public input.

Project Cost

Total Advertisement Estimate: $2,454,709

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $500,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $127,067
Construction: $1,827,642

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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