Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 19, 2015
ROUTE 721 (NEWTOWN ROAD) TO CLOSE MONDAY, MARCH 30
Traffic will be detoured for several weeks while a temporary bridge is installed at Caroline, King and Queen county line
FREDERICKSBURG – Route 721 (Newtown Road) will close to traffic at the Caroline and King and Queen county line starting Monday, March 30 for installation of a temporary bridge.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will install a single-lane bridge over Beverly Creek. The temporary bridge replaces the existing two-lane bridge.
VDOT is installing a temporary bridge after a recent inspection of the existing steel beam and timber deck structure found deterioration on the bridge.
A $2.8 million permanent bridge replacement project is scheduled to begin in June 2016. A temporary bridge is required before the construction project for motorist safety.
Newtown Road will be closed for 2-3 weeks at the bridge starting March 30. Motorists should follow posted signs along the detour route, which is approximately 22 miles:
• Route 644 (Bagby Road)
• Route 627 (Mattaponi Trail/Roundabout Route Road)
When the temporary bridge opens, traffic signals will be activated on each bridge approach. Eastbound and westbound traffic will take turns crossing the structure.
Due to the installation of traffic signals, VDOT will close Vessels Road at the western Newtown Road intersection, at the end closest to the Beverly Creek bridge. Vessels Road traffic cannot enter or exit at this intersection until the end of construction for the permanent bridge replacement.
Vessels Road traffic will detour to the eastern intersection with Newtown Road, which is a distance of approximately 1.1 miles.
Currently, the bridge is posted with a 14-ton weight limit for vehicles. There will be no posted weight limit on the temporary bridge.
The existing bridge was built in 1952. It carries an average of 440 vehicles a day, according to VDOT traffic data.
Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at www.virginiaDOT.org.
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