At its halfway point, the bridge replacement project south of The Plains should be complete in April.
The Old Tavern Road bridge near The Plains will close to traffic Thursday and Monday as the construction project to rebuild the span reaches its halfway point.
McClain & Company of Culpeper has scheduled the two upcoming road closures to begin working on the northbound side of the bridge, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The affected section of Old Tavern Road (Route 245) will close to traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, to allow workers to move barriers and shift traffic to the southbound lane. That will allow northbound lane construction to begin.
“When the road reopens on Thursday afternoon, motorists should use caution navigating the new traffic pattern,” VDOT said in a press release. “The road will remain reduced to one lane and traffic will take turns crossing the bridge via traffic signals at both ends of the project.”
The section of road will close again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, for removal of the northbound bridge beams and the start of bridge deck replacement.
During the closures, VDOT will detour vehicles on Route 17 Business (Winchester Road) to Route 55 (John Marshall Highway), which carries traffic back to Route 245. Southbound traffic on Route 245 will reverse the detour. From Interstate 66, motorists should take Exit 28 at Marshall and follow the detour signs.
Message boards will be in place to notify the public of the closures.
The work should be complete in late April.
For more information about Virginia’s bridges and VDOT’s bridge inspection program, including conditions of the state’s bridges, FAQs and video of a bridge inspection, visit www.virginiadot.org/info/Bridge.asp.