The 136-year-old bridge on Route 613 (Waterloo Road) that carries traffic over the Rappahannock River between Culpeper and Fauquier counties will be closed to traffic due to its condition. The closure will be effective tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 15).
The truss structure, made of wrought iron and built in 1878, was posted for a three-ton maximum vehicle weight prior to the closure. Despite that restriction and numerous repairs through the years, advancing age and the weather took their toll on the bridge’s supporting members.
Following its most recent inspection, bridge engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation determined that the deterioration was too severe to continue to allow traffic to use the bridge.
For the 680 vehicles that use the bridge each day, the closure will require a detour using U.S. 211 (Lee Highway) and Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) in Fauquier County. Route 613 (Jeffersonton Road) on the east side of the bridge will be closed to through traffic. On the Culpeper County side traffic will still be able to use Route 613 (Waterloo Road) and Route 622 (Old Bridge Road) as far east as the intersection of those two routes.
VDOT will work with local officials in Fauquier and Culpeper County to determine the best course of action.
For more information about Virginia’s bridges and the Virginia Department of Transportation’s bridge inspection program, including current conditions of the state’s bridges, FAQs and video of a bridge inspection, visit VDOT’s website.