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Waterloo Bridge, Culpeper Co./Fauquier Co.

Rehabilitation of the Route 613 (Waterloo Road) bridge over the Rappahannock River

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Summer 2018

Est Completion Date
Late summer 2019

Phase
Proposed

Cost
$4 million estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.1 mile

Locality
Culpeper and Fauquier

District
Culpeper

Contact
Teresa Gothard, P.E., Bridge Engineer
(540) 829-7635
Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager
(540) 829-7436
Stacy Londrey, Communications Manager
(540) 727-3201

Attend a Public Hearing

VDOT invites residents and other interested parties to attend a public hearing on the Waterloo bridge restoration project on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Warrenton Community Center, 430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton. 

The public hearing is an opportunity to give VDOT comments and/or suggestions regarding the proposed project. Representatives from VDOT will be available to answer questions and take public comments.

Written comments may also be sent to Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager, VDOT Culpeper District, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, or Howard.Tomlinson@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Public hearing materials are available below, under Resources.

Project Overview Video

Background

The 139-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.

Proposed Project

With this project, VDOT proposes to restore the Waterloo bridge and return it to service.

The proposed project involves dismantling and removing the truss and making repairs, then reinstalling the bridge. It is anticipated that some bridge components will not be fit for continued use and will be replaced with new materials. However, every effort will be made to replicate the look of the historic bridge, including its green paint color.

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.

Removing and reinstalling the bridge will require the removal of trees and other foliage in its immediate vicinity.

Following the construction phase, the bridge is expected to be reopened to traffic with a 12-ton weight restriction.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: May 17, 2017
Public comment period ends: May 27, 2017
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: Summer/fall 2017
Construction advertisement: Spring 2018
Construction completion: Late summer 2019

Project schedule is subject to change based on funding availability.

Project Cost

Total Cost: $4 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $802,082
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $120,000
Construction: $3,005,555

Project cost is subject to change as the design is developed. VDOT is working with its Commonwealth Transportation Board members and with Culpeper and Fauquier counties to identify possible funding for the rehabilitation project.

Resources

Share Your Input on Restoration of Waterloo Bridge
News release, May 15, 2017

Materials for the May 17, 2017 public hearing:

Piedmont Environmental Council-commissioned study Adobe Acrobat PDF (2.7 MB)
Prepared by The Schiffer Group Inc., Sept. 2014

VDOT-commissioned study Adobe Acrobat PDF (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.
 
Route 613 Bridge over Rappahannock River Closed
News release, Jan. 14, 2014

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