Beginning Sept. 10, the bridge over the Covington River on Route 621 (Hunters Road) in Rappahannock County will be closed for replacement of its superstructure. Route 621 will be closed to through traffic at the bridge.
The bridge, a half-mile east of Route 622 (Rock Mills Road), was built in 1966 and is structurally deficient. The bridge is posted with a 15-ton weight limit due to its deteriorated condition. According to 2010 traffic data, about 80 vehicles use the bridge daily.
During the closure a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation will replace the existing timber deck and steel beams with a new deck made of precast concrete slabs. The new bridge will carry all legal loads. The work is expected to be complete and the road reopened by the end of the day on Sept. 21.
While Route 621 is closed at the Covington River access will be maintained to all properties on both sides of the river. Motorists should follow the posted detour route using Route 622 (Rock Mills Road), U.S. 211 (Lee Highway) and Route 626 (Tiger Valley Road).
For more information about Virginia’s bridges and VDOT’s bridge inspection program, including current conditions of the state’s bridges, FAQs and video of a bridge inspection, visit VDOT’s website.