Posted on: March 20, 2017

Route 653 (Burruss Lane) will Close in Caroline for Bridge Improvement Project



March 17, 2017

Darragh Copley Frye 540-899-4119 (office)

540-907-8409 (cell)



Eight mile detour planned for approximately two weeks starting March 23 


FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will soon begin work to improve a structurally deficient bridge over Reedy Creek on Route 653 (Burruss Lane) in Caroline County.

VDOT will close Burruss Lane just west of Route 301 (Richmond Turnpike) to through traffic at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 23. The bridge over Reedy Creek is located on Burress Lane between Route 662 (Gregory Road) and Route 652 (Signboard Road) in the Ruther Glen area of the county.

A detour will be in place for approximately two weeks while construction is underway.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour, which is approximately eight miles:

  • Route 301 (Richmond Turnpike)
  • Route 662 (Gregory Road)
  • Route 602 (Concord Road)
  • Route 652 (Signboard Road)

Message boards were posted this week to alert drivers to the upcoming bridge work and detour.

VDOT crews will replace the existing bridge’s steel beams, deck with new timber, steel and guardrail, while also making repairs to the vertical walls and foundation.

Built in 1958, the existing bridge has a posted weight restriction of 9 tons. Following final inspection, the bridge’s weight limit posting is expected to be removed.

Even though the upgraded bridge will be the same width and length, new bridge delineators will also be installed. Bridge delineators are small traffic signs to provide night reflection and help guide traffic along the improved bridge.

Burruss Lane carries an average of 120 vehicles a day, according to a 2015 VDOT traffic count.


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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.


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