Under Construction: Waterloo Bridge, Culpeper Co./Fauquier Co.
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Construction is underway to restore the 142-year-old Waterloo Bridge over the Rappahannock River at the Culpeper-Fauquier county line.
Initial project tasks include installing environmental controls, building construction entrances and removing trees in the immediate vicinity of the bridge.
Under a $3.65 million construction contract, Corman Kokosing Construction Company will dismantle, remove, repair and reinstall the single-lane truss bridge.
With this project, the bridge’s piers will be repaired, and the 15 approach spans will receive new steel beams and a timber deck. No significant improvements to the roadway approaches are envisioned.
It is anticipated that some bridge components will not be fit for continued use and will be replaced with new materials. Every effort will be made to replicate the look of the historic bridge, including its green paint color.
The bridge will reopen to traffic by April 30, 2021 with an expected 12-ton weight restriction.
The 142-year-old Waterloo bridge was closed to traffic Jan. 15, 2014 due to its deteriorated condition.
The truss structure, made of wrought iron and built in 1878, was posted for a three-ton maximum vehicle weight prior to the closure. Despite that restriction and numerous repairs through the years, advancing age and the weather took their toll on the bridge’s supporting members.
Following a structural inspection, VDOT bridge engineers determined that the deterioration was too severe to continue to allow traffic on the bridge.
For the 680 vehicles that used the bridge each day, the closure requires a detour using Route 211 (Lee Highway) and Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) in Fauquier County. Route 613 (Jeffersonton Road) on the east side of the bridge will be closed to through traffic. On the Culpeper County side, traffic will still be able to use Route 613 (Waterloo Road) and Route 622 (Old Bridge Road) as far east as the intersection of those two routes.
This project will return the Waterloo bridge to service.
Teresa Gothard, P.E., Bridge Engineer
Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager
Lou Hatter, Communications Manager
Other relevant links:
Piedmont Environmental Council-commissioned study (2.7 MB)
Prepared by The Schiffer Group Inc., Sept. 2014
VDOT-commissioned study (5.2 MB)
Prepared by Volkert, January 2015
NOTE: Appendix B of this report, which provides the detailed structural analysis of the bridge, contains critical infrastructure information and has been redacted per Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.2.
Phase: Under Construction
State ID: 0613-023-748,P101,R201,B636
Locality: Culpeper and Fauquier