Replacement of the structurally deficient Baynesville Road Bridge located between Route 3 (Kings Highway) and Route 691(Northernmost Road) over the Big Swamp is set to begin Monday, September 18. Baynesville Rd. will be closed to through traffic until repairs are complete.
The $300,000 project is expected to take eight weeks to complete and will use state force work to complete the project. This project will be funded through the Structure and Bridge maintenance budget, according to VDOT Communications Coordinator Darragh Copley Frye.
VDOT crews will replace the existing steel beams, deck and guardrail with a 46-foot long concrete slab bridge on new concrete abutments, which will more than double the length of the current structure.
New bridge delineators will also be installed. Bridge delineators are small traffic signs to provide night reflection and will help guide traffic along the new bridge.
A detour will be in place for approximately eight weeks, weather permitting, while construction is underway. Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately nine miles using Route 624 (Flat Iron Road) and Route 3 (Kings Highway).
Message boards will be posted next week to alert drivers to the upcoming bridge work and detour.
Built in 1970, the existing bridge is a 22-foot long structure with a current weight limit posting of 20 tons for single-unit vehicles and 29 tons for tractor-trailers. Following final inspection of the new bridge, the current weight posting is expected to be removed. Baynesville Road carries an average of 190 vehicles a day, according to a 2016 VDOT traffic count.