The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closed a bridge to all traffic until further notice on Route 604 over Dragon Run, which is located at the Essex and King and Queen county lines.
An annual inspection of the bridge found rapid deterioration of the bridge’s steel beams.
VDOT determined the bridge should be closed as soon as possible for motorist safety.
The bridge carries an average of 300 vehicles a day, according to VDOT traffic data.
“Closing a bridge to traffic is not a decision we make lightly, as we know it is a significant inconvenience to residents, businesses, and communities,” said Annette Adams, P.E, VDOT Structure and Bridge Engineer, Fredericksburg District. “After reviewing the findings of the most recent inspection report, and weighing all options, closing the bridge was the safest course of action to protect motorists. We are developing a repair plan, and we will announce our plans to re-open the bridge to traffic as quickly as possible.”
Motorists should follow posted signs along the detour route, which travels through Essex, Middlesex and King and Queen counties:
Route 17 southbound
The detour route is approximately 25 miles. Motorists should anticipate an additional travel time of 35 to 45 minutes.
The Route 604 bridge over Dragon Run was built in 1965. It is a timber deck bridge with steel beams and a timber foundation. It carries two travel lanes. A through truck restriction is in place on the section of Route 604 that includes the bridge.
Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at www.virginiaDOT.org.