FREDERICKSBURG  –  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin work later this month to replace a structurally deficient bridge over Pine Hill Creek on Route 622 (Ashland Mill Road) in King George County.

VDOT will close Ashland Mill Road near the bridge over Pine Hill Creek at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27.  The bridge is located between Route 679 (Canterbury Loop) and Route 205 (Ridge Road).

A detour will be in place for approximately 10 weeks, weather permitting, while construction is underway.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately four miles:

  • Route 3 (Kings Highway)
  • Route 301 (James Madison Parkway)
  • Route 205 (Ridge Road)

Message boards will be posted next week to alert drivers to the upcoming bridge work and detour.

The existing, single lane timber deck bridge was built in 1938.  The current structure is 17 feet long and 18 feet wide with a current weight limit posting of 19 tons for single-axle vehicles and 28 tons for tractor-trailers.

The new, concrete two-lane bridge will be 30 feet long and 21 feet wide structure on new concrete abutments.  Following final inspection of the new bridge, the current weight posting is expected to be removed.

Ashland Mill Road carries an average of 120 vehicles a day, according to a 2016 VDOT traffic count.