Daily staff report
State transportation officials announced tighter restrictions on a Warren County road and deteriorating bridge plagued by fatal crashes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation issued a prohibition this week on large, commercial trucks from traveling on Morgan Ford Road (Va. 624) through the county. Additionally, VDOT reduced the maximum weight limit from 10 tons to 5 tons for vehicles crossing the low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River.
VDOT plans to post signs along the road and at the bridge advising motorists of the new restrictions.
Inspectors looking at the bridge late last week determined that VDOT should cut the weight limit, given the span's continued deteriorating condition, said Ken Slack, a spokesman for the state agency.
A VDOT traffic study conducted at the request of the Board of Supervisors found inconsistencies with the safety of through trucks on Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville and Fairground roads, according to a press release. Restrictions are posted on new signs at those intersections to give drivers an alternate route.
VDOT scheduled a public hearing on plans to replace the bridge that was built in 1925 but not designed to handle heavy vehicles.