Rock Mills Road now closed until Sept. 2

The Rock Mills Road bridge over the Covington River, originally meant to reopen July 28 after its deck was replaced, will now be closed into the first week of September, four weeks after schools go back into session.

“Upon starting work on the Route 622 (Rock Mills Road) bridge over the Covington River in Rappahannock County, VDOT’s crew discovered one of the bridge’s abutments was in worse condition than anticipated. As a result, the crew has made plans to replace the abutment, which will require extending the bridge closure to Sept. 2,” said VDOT spokesperson Stacy Londrey.

“VDOT recognizes the inconvenience of the road closure, especially heading into the school year, and will work efficiently to complete the repairs.”

Rappahannock County schools, and school buses, start the 2016-2017 school year Aug. 11.

The structurally deficient bridge over the Covington River is about 1.5 miles east of U.S. 211 and a half-mile west of Hunters Road (Route 621).

Detour hints: If you’re heading to the Flatwoods recycling center on Rock Mills Road from Castleton or points east, or on Rudisill Mill Road from Sperryville or points south, you’ll have to take the posted detour — north on Hunters Road, part of which is unpaved and not quite friendly to two-way traffic, to a left on Tiger Valley Road and another left on 211.

Better, if possible, to just take 522/211 to the recycling center, which is less than a quarter-mile off the four-lane, on Rock Mills Road.

For more information about VDOT’s bridges and bridge projects, visit virginiadot.org/bridges.

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