Shenandoah County – Route 600 (Headley Road) North Fork Bridge
Project at a Glance
The total estimated cost for this project is $2,140,903.
Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.2-mile From: Intersection Route 654 To: 0.20 mile east from Intersection with Route 654
Keith Harrop, P.E.
This project replaces the single-lane low water bridge on Route 600 (Headly Road) over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The project limits extend from Route 654 (Zion Church Road) to 0.2 mile east of Route 654. In 2008 the average daily traffic count on this road was approximately 30 vehicles per day. In 2026 the projected traffic count is 51 vehicles per day or less.
The existing bridge was built prior to 1932 and is currently structurally deficient. The bridge is posted with a weight limit of 10 tons. Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a condition rating of 4, meaning “poor”. 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, and/or it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads, and is therefore posted.
This structure which can flood frequently causes considerable delays by stranding motorists on the far side of a dead-end road.
The new bridge will be a single-lane low water bridge, but will be five feet higher than the current structure. Pull-off areas will be placed at both ends of the bridge, which will allow drivers to wait for bridge traffic to clear.
The new bridge will be built upstream of the current bridge location. Minor improvements to the Route 600 and Route 654 intersection will be part of this project.
The total estimated cost for this project is $2,140,903, including $332,322 for preliminary engineering, $150,760 for right of way and $1,657,821 for construction.
Preliminary Design Approval 2014
Right of Way Acquisition Summer 2015
Construction Spring thru Fall 2017
Benefits of Project
The new low-water bridge will be five feet higher than the current structure and will not flood as much as the previous bridge. Also the new bridge will enhance safety with the addition of parapet railings. The previous bridge does not have any railings.
The new bridge will also be high enough for canoe traffic to pass underneath the bridge, eliminating the need for portage across the top of the structure.
Traffic will be maintained on the current structure while the new bridge is under construction. Motorists should be alert for periodic flagging operations during construction.
The existing concrete bridge will be removed once the new structure is in place. The existing western approach asphalt will be demolished, bringing the alignment back to its natural condition. After the construction project is complete, the existing eastern approach will be maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for river access.
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 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
State: 0600-085-309,P101, R201, M501, B659
Federal: BROS-085-8(052), BROS-085-8(053), BROS-085-8(054), BROS-085-8(054)