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Rockingham County – Route 704 (Oakwood Drive)

Cooks Creek Bridge

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Late 2013

Est Completion Date
Fall 2014

Total estimated cost is $1,378,931

Lengths and Limits
.12-mile long; From .70 mile west of Rt. 712 To .58 mile west of Rt. 712



Wayne Nolde, P.E., CCM

Project Details

This project replaces the Cooks Creek Bridge on Route 704 (Oakwood Drive) in Rockingham County east of the Town of Bridgewater. The affected portion of Route 704 is a 1.47 mile urban collector road and rural major collector road connecting the Town of Bridgewater and Route 11.

The existing bridge, built in 1930, is a single lane, measuring 15-feet wide and 46-feet long. The bridge is a single span timber deck and steel beam type structure. The existing approach roadway is a 17-foot wide paved surface.

The bridge is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a poor condition rating. This designation 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.  

Functionally obsolete means a structure was designed with older design features that may no longer meets current geometrics, or traffic needs. They may be too narrow, or otherwise no longer meet the current traffic need for the facility. This designation has no connection to condition rating, but is based on functionality.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure in approximately the same location as the existing structure. The new bridge is 42.3-feet wide and 50-feet long. Both roadway approaches will consist of two, 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders.

The average daily traffic count is 3,815 vehicles per day.  This number is projected to increase to 11,122 vehicles per day in 2035. There is no existing separate bicycle or pedestrian accommodation.

There are no industries, schools, or commercial interest that will be impacted by the construction.

The total cost for this project is estimated to be $1,378,931 million, which includes $235,690 for the engineering of bridge and roadway plans, $100,000 for right of way activities and $1,043,241 for construction.

During construction a temporary detour will be constructed next to the existing bridge at the down stream side of the existing bridge. Two-lane traffic will be maintained and appropriate road signs will be posted during construction.

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 4 - 7 p.m.
Turner Ashby High School - Lecture Room
800 North Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Benefits of Project

The construction of the new bridge will alleviate a bottle-neck area where two-lane traffic is using a single lane structure. The new bridge will serve modern-day traffic accommodating heavier and wider vehicles.  If not replaced the old bridge will eventually fail and have to be closed.

During Construction

A temporary detour will be constructed next to the existing bridge at the down stream side of the existing bridge. Two-lane traffic will be maintained and appropriate road signs will be posted during construction.

Traffic Alerts

Traffic will be diverted onto temporary two-lane bridge over Cooks Creek. Periodic flagging for construction vehicle access. Work zone from 0.70 mile west of Route 712 to 0.58 mile west of route 712. Estimated completion Oct. 31, 2014.


All work is weather permitting.


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: 0704-082-707,P101, R201, M501, B683
Federal Project: BR-082-8(040)
UPC:  86317

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