The one-lane wrought-iron truss bridge will be removed from its perch over the Norfolk-Southern railway on Tuesday.
Remediation work to remove lead paint will be performed on the bridge, and then it will be trucked to Florida for a complete restoration. The bridge is 133 years old.
ďItís a community cornerstone,Ē said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis.
Once the bridge is restored, it will be brought back to Nokesville and put back into service over the railroad tracks. A new concrete bridge will be built next to the old Aden Road bridge.
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Built in 1882 for the Keystone Bridge Company, the truss bridge was purchased in the early 1900s and moved to Aden Road by Norfolk Southern, which transferred ownership to VDOT in 2014. The old truss structure showed substantial structural deficiencies, so a revised design was developed with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the community to allow the truss bridge to be rehabilitated as well as remain on the National Register of Historic Places.
The bridge was removed from the railroad crossing in January 2016. The new one-lane bridge opened to traffic in December 2016; it was closed temporarily in July 2018 to facilitate the truss bridge reinstallation and rehabilitation. The truss bridge was put back in place over the railroad in November 2018.
Some final detail work on the $8 million project will occur into the spring without major traffic impacts. The project is financed with federal, state and Prince William County funding. Norfolk Southern donated a construction easement to allow the work to be completed.