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Featherbed Lane over Catoctin Creek

Rehabilitating the John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge in Loudoun County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Advertise for construction: Early 2021

Phase
Preliminary engineering

Cost
$5.4 million

Locality
Loudoun

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Vicente Valeza, Jr., P.E.
Structure & Bridge
703-259-3256
Gary Runco, P.E.
Structure & Bridge
703-259-3341

About the Project

The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the historic truss bridge (John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge) that carries Featherbed Lane (Route 673) over Catoctin Creek. Conceptual Design Bridge Alternative 2A was the final rehabilitation option selected through consultations with stakeholders including the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Federal Highway Administration. This option will restore the existing bridge to the previous 15-ton vehicle capacity.

The bridge is a single span steel pin connected Pratt through truss with a timber deck and asphalt overlay, supported on stringers and floor beams. It is 157 feet long, has an overall width of about 14 feet and clear roadway width of 11.16 feet. It carries one alternating traffic lane. 

  • The bridge was originally erected in 1889 on the Leesburg & Alexandria Turnpike (Route 7) over Goose Creek, to replace a bridge destroyed by flooding.
  • In 1932 the bridge was dismantled and moved to its current location. 
  • The bridge was posted 15 tons in 2004 and reduced to 3 tons in 2013 due to insufficient capacity. 
  • The existing bridge has an average traffic count of 57 vehicles per day with daily truck traffic less than 3 trucks.
  • The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1974.

Schedule & Costs

Schedule
Begin preliminary engineering – February 2017
Design public hearing - Fall 2018
Advertise for construction – Early 2021

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering - $790,000
Right of way - $130,000
Construction - $4.5 million
Total - $5.4 million

Resources

Field site visit/meeting (May 2017)

Stakeholders Meeting (April 2017)

Scoping Meeting (March 2017)

  • Presentations: 1 | 2

Section 106- Determination of Effect  (March 2016)

Stakeholders Meeting (February 2016)

Stakeholders Meeting (September 2015)

Stakeholders Meeting (July 2015)

Stakeholders Meeting (March 2015)

Historic American Engineering Record

Project Numbers
State: 0673-053-082, B697
UPCs: Preliminary engineering & right of way: 110498 
           Construction: 105898
Federal: STP-BR09 (294)

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