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Bath County - Route 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) - Bridge Replacement Over Cowardin Run

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Early 2014

Est Completion Date
November 30, 2014

Estimated Cost is $936,841

Lengths and Limits
0.5-mile long; From: 0.45-mile north of Route 618 To: 0.55-mile north of Route 618



Ashraf Antonius, P.E.

Project Details

This project replaces the bridge over Cowardin Run on Route 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) in Bath County.

The project is located Route 687, one-half mile north of Route 618.

The existing traffic count is 600 vehicles per day and projected to be 730 vehicles per day in 2035.

The existing roadway leading up to the bridge is two lanes, with 16-foot wide pavement with an asphalt concrete surface. The existing bridge, built in 1932, is a single 44-foot steel-girder span with a concrete deck and has 24-foot clear width. The bridge is classified as structurally deficient.

Structurally deficient 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.  

The existing bridge has signs posted for 17 tons, meaning vehicles over this weight cannot use the bridge.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure in approximately the same location as the existing structure. The proposed bridge will be a single 45-foot pre-stressed box beam span with 27.5-foot clear width.

No roadway improvements other than the immediate approaches to the bridge will be part of this project. The project length will be approximately 0.1-mile.

No separate bicycle or pedestrian accommodations are provided for this project.

The total estimated cost for this project is $936,841 with $186,908 for preliminary engineering, $20,000 for right of way activities, and $729,933 for construction.  

What’s Next

Construction began in early 2014

Benefits of Project

This project replaces a structurally deficient bridge with a two-lane structure. The existing bridge cannot support heavier vehicles.  The new bridge can support the weight of modern day vehicles and traffic.

During Construction

A temporary traffic detour using a single lane 12-foot wide causeway down stream was provided during the construction of the new bridge. The traffic was controlled for the diversion by stop and proceed signs.

Traffic Alerts

Traffic began using the new bridge in early September 2017. Occasional lane or shoulder closures are possible as contractors perform final work in this area. 


Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page:  Staunton District


Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web


Project Numbers

State Project: 0687-008-710,P101, R201, M501, B618
Federal Project: BRSTP-008-8(011)
UPC:  88819

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