The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is posting the Qualla Road (Route 653) bridge over Swift Creek in Chesterfield County to four tons as the result of findings in a recent structural inspection. Earlier this week, bridge inspectors found advanced corrosion and deterioration in the concrete slabs. For driver safety, VDOT has decreased the maximum vehicle weight to reduce the amount of stress on the 53 year old bridge.
The bridge carries approximately 8,000 vehicles per day. VDOT recommends drivers of vehicles over four tons use the following alternate routes:
The Qualla Road bridge over Swift Creek was last inspected in 2012. At that time, inspectors did not have visual evidence of the extent of major deterioration found in this week’s inspection. Engineers confirmed the corrosion and deterioration during this follow up inspection.
VDOT will be posting signs on the approaches to the bridge indicating the reduced weight limit today. Local police are responsible for enforcing the restriction.
For more information on VDOT’s bridge inspection program and to see a video of a bridge inspection, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/info/bridge.asp.