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Route 207 bridge replacement work begins


Westbound span over railroad tracks will be replaced in Caroline County

FREDERICKSBURG—Construction work is beginning to replace a bridge on westbound Route 207 (Rogers Clark Boulevard) in Caroline County that crosses CSX railroad tracks.

Work is now underway on this 15-month project. When complete, the new bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes with a 10-foot right shoulder, and a 5-foot median shoulder.

During February, motorists should encounter only a shoulder closure in the work zone.

Beginning in early March, periodic single-lane closures will be needed on westbound Route 207 at the bridge to begin setting up for a detour that will last the duration of the project.

When the detour is in place, eastbound and westbound Route 207 traffic will each narrow to one lane in the work zone. Both directions of traffic will use the eastbound Route 207 bridge, with one travel lane in each direction. A concrete median barrier will divide eastbound and westbound traffic traveling on the eastbound bridge.

The project’s construction contract was awarded to J.L. Kent & Sons, Inc., of Spotsylvania for $3.3 million. This project is being funded with federal and state funds.

The existing bridge was built in 1953, and is rated as structurally deficient. It carries an average of 10,881 vehicles a day.

Work to replace the bridge is scheduled to conclude in May 2013.

Project updates will be posted throughout the project online on the Route 207 Westbound Bridge Replacement page on