Area residents will be briefed on the latest plans to restore a 129-year-old truss bridge in northern Loudoun during a public meeting Wednesday night.
Representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation will be at the Waterford Old School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 to present details of the project.
Located about 3 miles north of Waterford, the John G. Lewis Memorial Bridge carries Featherbed Lane traffic over the Catoctin Creek. The bridge was originally erected in 1889 on Rt. 7 to carry traffic over Goose Creek. In 1932, it was dismantled and moved to its current location. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1974. In 2014, the bridge was named in honor of Lewis, a longtime historian and preservationist who led the effort that placed this bridge listed on the National Register.Since 2013, safety concerns have limited crossing vehicles to less than 3 tons.
The restoration project, which is being financed with state and federal State of Good Repair funds, include the installation of an existing truss above a new steel beam and timber deck bridge, the addition of a new bridge pier, and upgrades to the bridge railings.
More detailed plans can be found on the VDOT project page.
Residents can provide comments at the meeting or send them to Vicente Valeza at VDOT by Dec. 16 at meetingcomments@VDOT.virginia.gov.