Shenandoah County – Route 600 (Headley Road) North Fork Bridge
Project at a Glance
Construction Contract Awarded January 27, 2017
Est Completion Date
Contract Value $1,774,793.40
Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.2-mile From: Intersection Route 654 To: 0.13 mile east from Intersection with Route 654
Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc., Charlottesville, Va.
Robert Good, P.E.
This project replaced 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 0.13 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 old bridge was built prior to 1932 and was posted with a weight limit of 10 tons. Its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and/or it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads. This structure flooded frequently, causing considerable delays by stranding motorists on the far side of a dead-end road.
The new bridge is a single-lane low water bridge, five feet higher than the current structure. Pull-off areas were placed at both ends of the bridge, allowing drivers to wait for bridge traffic to clear.
The new bridge was built upstream of the current bridge location. Minor improvements to the Route 600 and Route 654 intersection were part of this project.
Preliminary Design Approval 2014
Right of Way Acquisition Summer 2015
Advertise for Construction Fall 2016
Benefits of Project
The new low-water bridge is five feet higher than the old 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 did not have any railings.
The new bridge is also high enough for canoe traffic to pass underneath the bridge, eliminating the need for portage across the top of the structure.
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)
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.909444, -78.426389