Route 61 Bridge Replacement Over New River

Location Narrows, Virginia


Duration December 2010 – November 2013

The Route 61 Bridge Replacement project involved replacing a 1,200-foot bridge over the New River and Route 460 with a wider, jointless bridge for the Virginia Department of Transportation. The replacement bridge was built on drilled shaft foundations, cast-in-place concrete substructure and pre-stressed concrete girders.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • Bridge deck: 6,087 CY
  • Concrete: 6,050 CY
  • Reinforcing steel: 796,909 lbs
  • Drainage pipe: 1,072 LF
  • Asphalt paving: 1,260 tons
  • Design-build project
  • Phased construction to maintain two-way traffic was maintained at all times.
  • Per Virginia Department of Transportation specifications, grooving services were incorporated into the project scope of work.
  • FUN FACTS
    • Special electrical plugs on the bridge lighting are designed to work with Narrow’s Christmas decorations.
    • Each of the 140,000-pound girders had to be transported over 350 miles; taking two to three days to travel from Hampton Roads, VA.

Project Recognition

  • 2017 – Engineering Excellence Merit Award – American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC)
  • 2016 – Transportation Engineering Award, Projects Larger than $10 Million, Design Build - Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)