Headley Road bridge replacement on schedule

Construction crews pour concrete to form this retaining wall near the entrance to the new Headley Road bridge under construction east of Maurertown. The $2.4 million project is being constructed by Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc., of Charlottesville. .Rich Cooley/Daily

Work on the State Route 600 (Headley Road) bridge east of Maurertown is on schedule for its projected April 17 opening.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Ken Slack confirmed the timeline for the low water bridge. Projected cost for the new bridge was calculated at $2.4 million.

“The deck and the railing have been completed. Crews are working on the approaches, mostly grading,” Slack said.

Paving will begin in the spring, as well as installation of the guardrail and landscaping.

The old concrete bridge will then be dismantled, Slack said.

Construction workers work on the Headley Road bridge. Rich Cooley/Daily

The project replaces the bridge on Route 600 over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. It was necessary because the old single-lane bridge, built in 1932, was past its lifespan and could not carry today’s heavier truck loads. The bridge also floods, causing delays and at times stranding motorists on the far side of a dead-end road.

“At some point all bridges that are part of Virginia’s highway system are maintained or replaced,” Slack said.

In 2008, the average daily traffic count on this road was approximately 30 vehicles per day. In 2026 the projected traffic count is 51 vehicles per day or less, according to VDOT. There is one home on the other side of the bridge.

The new bridge is being constructed upstream of the existing bridge. It is five feet higher than the current bridge, helping to prevent flooding. Canoes will be able to pass under the new bridge because of the heightened elevation.

Key Dates For The Project

Jonathan Godoy, a carpenter for Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc., finishes concrete work on the Headley Road bridge near Maurertown. Rich Cooley/Daily

• Preliminary design approved summer 2014

• Right of way acquisition –  summer 2015

• Construction contract awarded Jan. 27, 2017

• Estimated completion date April 17.