Route 622 bridge work needed

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The maximum weight limit on a bridge on Route 622 (Aaron Mountain Road) in Rappahannock County has been reduced to three tons following an inspection that found significant deterioration of the bridge’s supporting structure. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reduced the posted weight limit from 12 tons to three tons based on the inspection and analysis of the bridge’s condition.

The bridge carries Route 622 over an unnamed stream east of Rock Mills, nine-tenths of a mile from Route 661 and seven-tenths of a mile from Route 626. A VDOT spokesman said design work is being expedited to allow replacement later this year of the current bridge’s superstructure with a new structure that will allow legal loads to cross.

VDOT’s bridge inspection program requires every bridge in the state to be inspected at least every two years; some structures are inspected more frequently based on their condition. For more information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program, check the “Bridges in Virginia” page on VDOT’s Web site at virginiadot.org/info/bridge.asp.

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