Under Construction: Augusta County - Route 703 (Hewitt Road) Bridge Replacement

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Route 703 (Hewitt Road) consists of two 8-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches. The road crossed a deteriorating bridge that was built in 1930 and had reached the end of its lifespan. The driving surface of the single-lane bridge had an approximate width of 14 feet 9 inches. The bridge crossed over Eidson Creek and passed directly underneath a railroad bridge. The location is about 0.2 mile west of Route 708 (Eidson Creek Road) in Augusta County.

The new bridge was built to meet the minimum requirements using AASHTO Very-Low-Volume guidelines. The new single-lane bridge has a driving surface of 15 feet 9 inches wide. It was built in the same location but on a slightly different angle to improve the sight distance. Minimum roadway improvements were made to the bridge approaches.

In 2014, Route 703 had an average traffic count of 280 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2023, the estimated average traffic volume is 290 vehicles per day.

Benefits 

This project replaced a deteriorating bridge that had reached the end of its service life. If not replaced, the existing bridge would have continued to deteriorate and would eventually have had to close to vehicular traffic. A prolonged closure of the existing structure would inconvenience local residents with a 5-mile-long detour route.

Major Milestones 

Project plan approval: Spring 2019
Right of Way Acquisition: Summer 2019
Construction advertisement: Late 2020
Start of Construction: Spring 2021

Resources

Contact Info:

Josh Hall, P.E.
540-280-1456

Project Photos

UPC: 90178

State ID: 0703-007-794, P101, R201, M501, B602

Federal ID: BROS-007-8(136)

Lat/Long: 38.143341, -79.159179

Locality: Augusta

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New Route 703 bridge (with railroad bridge above)

Page last modified: Nov. 5, 2021